Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has defended his promise to change working hours saying the idea is viable and other countries are doing it.
He was reacting to the debate which is there among Malawians following his suggestion that if elected his administration will change working hours from 7:30 to 8:30 to give civil servants ample time to attend their domestic affairs.
Chakwera’s promise to change working hours has ignited debate among Malawians with others taking the issue on the social media criticizing the idea saying it will promote laziness while others are supporting it.
In his address on Monday in Neno during a campaign rally at Chikonde Primary School ground, Chakwera clarified that his suggestion is not encouraging laziness saying there will be processes that will be followed to ensure there is effectiveness, efficiency and productivity in those working hours.
“We must work smart, it is one thing to go to work at 7:30, it’s another thing to actually work. So we are encouraging work ethic that will be productive. If people think this is something they need to debate they are right, Malawians need to be thinking through things and discussing such issues because that will be making a better country for all of us,” he said.
Chakwera who arrived at the rally around 6:30 pm after conducting several whistle stops in Mwanza made assurance to people of Neno that as soon as MCP take over leadership of this country, Neno road will be prioritized describing DPP led government’s decision to construct the road at a speed of 5 kilometers per year as a joke.
Speaking earlier during the rally, MCP vice president Sidik Mia said the hundreds of people who waited for over 4 hours to hear from Chakwera are evidence that Malawians are tired with the current administration of DPP.
Mia said Chakwera is the only credible presidential candidate who will move Malawi forward and he urged the people of Neno to vote for Lazarus Chakwera in the May 21 Presidential elections.