MPC plans to offload 500 staff members

Malawi Postal Corporation (MPC) bemoans excess staff members at the institution is contributing to its downfall.

MPC says says a possible downsize of its workforce from 800 to 300 as proposed following a recent functional review can help revive its operations, pointing out that the Corporation is currently on its "death bed."

This was disclosed by MPC's Acting Postmaster General Zacchaeus Meke on Tuesday in Lilongwe during an interface meeting with Industry, Trade and Tourism, and Media, Information and Communications Parliamentary Committees.

The Acting Postmaster General said operations at the institution are comprised due to a K9.3 billion debt.

According to Meke, MPC is working on strengthening its courier services by among others digitising its operations and introducing e-commerce services.

MPC's interface meeting with Parliamentary Committees

"Our passenger service business is a good investment but financial returns realised are covering for other recurrent expenses including salaries," added Meke.

He also disclosed according to a recent functional review at the Corporation, the body only needs 310 of its 806 employees.

Meanwhile, Chairperson for the Parliamentary Committee on Media, Information and Communications, Abu Naliwa says the committee will lobby for the recapitalisation of MPC to help return it on its feet.

Established in 2000, MPC has about 180 post offices across the country. The Corporation was founded to provide postal services and some financial services across Malawi.

MPC's interface with the Parliamentary Committees on Tuesday is part of a two-week exercise by various Parliamentary Committees in scrutinising the proposed K1.9 Trillion 1 Budget through cluster committee meetings.