By Mike Gwadani
Malawi President Peter Mutharika says he values the role workers in both public and private sector for the country to achieve her goals and improve lives of the people.
According to a statement released by the statehouse press office as part of the commemoration of this year’s Labour day Mutharika says he is aware that this year’s labour day commemoration comes at unprecedented time in the country’s history as the world is struggling with the coronavirus pandemic.
“The pandemic has affected economies as many companies are unable to function to their optimum capacity and are finding it difficult to keep all their workers in the job,” reads the statement in part.
The statement also says Mutharika has also urged all employers to continue to treat their workers with a human face as the country is fighting corona virus.
“On this note, the president applauds all companies and businesses which are working with the Government to protect their workers from coronavirus and to ensure that they maintain their jobs,” it reads
Through the statement Mutharika revealed that his government has put in place relief measures aimed at the impact of the corona virus on employers.
“This is why Government instituted a number of relief measures such as the Voluntary Tax Compliance Window and a directive to the Reserve Bank to implement a win-win arrangement with commercial banks and Micro-Finance Institutions observe a three-Month moratorium on interests on loans. The aim of these measures is to protect businesses and help them survive in this difficult times” it reads.