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Youth Decide campaign slams Malawi Govt on“shambolic” HSA recruitment exercise

Youth Decide Campaign Team Leader Charles Kajoloweka questions Mutharika silence on spate of violence

Job seekers end up injured then admitted at Mzuzu hospital

MZUZU-(MaraviPost)-Youth Decide Campaign on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 slammed Malawi Government for shambolic recruitment that has resulted into today some got injured and rushed into Mzuzu hospital.

YouthDecide Campaign has described the recruitment as a “shambolic walk-in recruitment exercise” which has also personified massive youth unemployment in Malawi.

Government is under heavy criticism from various quarters for the manner the ministry of health organized recruitment of lower grades staff under the Covid-19 pandemic management arrangement.

This follows chaotic scenes in various parts of the country where job-seekers, largely young men and women, thronged designated venues for interviews for the posts only to meet disorganization that ended in violation of government’s own recommendation for social distancing and injury causing stampedes.

The scene were particularly ugly in Mzuzu city where over 150 people got injured at Katoto Secondary school and had to be rushed to Mzuzu Central Hospital by in ambulance.

Elsewhere in Lilongwe and Blantyre, there was drama as the job-seekers, invited to the walk-in interviews by government, were dispersed by riot police who were using teargas.

“Is this not crazy? The same government telling us to keep social distancing is inviting huge crowds to these interviews. Very ironic.

“And when they see the commotion they have caused, the same government is inviting in police with teargas to chase away the people they invited,” said Gracian Mkondibe a job-seeker who had come to Kamuzu College of Nursing in Lilongwe quoted by Zodiak online.

A similar scene also occurred in Blantyre.

In Mulanje districts, large crowds that assembled at Mulanje Park as early as 8am had not been attended to as at 3 in the afternoon.

In a press statement made available to The Maravi Post, YouthDecide Campaign Team Leader, Charles Kajoloweka observed that what has happened in the exercise was “dehumanizing and life-threatening” and subjected to preventable injuries by the Malawi government.

He has described the recruitment as a “shambolic walk-in recruitment exercise” which has also personified massive youth unemployment in Malawi.

Kajoloweka therefore called for government and its watchdog institutions to institute credible investigations into the recruitment process and ensure that the brains behind the decisions that led to the deadly stampede are held to account.

“We demand that the people linked to this disgrace and contempt of jobless Malawians should be suspended pending the outcome of the inquiry into this act of gross incompetence and negligence. The whole exercise mirrors horrifying incompetence by government and its agents at the Ministry of Health”.  

Kajoloweka said what has happened in the exercise was “dehumanizing and life-threatening” and subjected to preventable injuries by the Malawi government.

“The horrors of unemployment faced by the youth often pushed into underemployment should convict both politicians and policymakers for failing to fulfil profuse promises to create jobs for young Malawians.

“Undoubtedly, this awful recruitment exercise, by design, has also denied vulnerable groups such as young persons with disability and young women the employment opportunity as they cannot withstand such hostile environment. This is unacceptable and insensitive to inclusive development,” says YouthDecide.

Kajoloweka added that what has happened in the exercise has displayed state-orchestrated indifference to the rights and lives of the youth and as such “we call on young people to vote for credible and selfless leaders who have the key to unlock job opportunities instead of using their desperation to score political points”.

The organization has since asked government to stop the ‘walk-in’ recruitment exercise and shortlist qualified candidates for youth-friendly interviews

“The ministry of health should stops exposing the youth to COVID-19 transmission by halting the ill-timed scrambles convening thousands of job-seekers despite a ban on such gatherings

“Harnessing the Population Dividend, which promises the youth majority access to relevant skills and decent jobs,” urges the grouping.

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