Concerned Teachers Call For Nullification of TUM Elections
A grouping of some concerned teachers has asked the Malawi Congress of Trade Union MCTU and Civil Servant Trade Union CSTU to nullify the recent elections by the Teachers Union of Malawi TUM arguing that they were not consulted.
Secretary General for the concerned teachers Azeez Losa says the union was not transparent in its operations as they did not follow procedures during the elections.
"As teachers we think that something is happening behind the curtains that we want TUM to be transparent."
He adds, "They have to be transparent and tell the teachers what transpired them to do the elections without the knowledge of the teachers."
However, president for TUM Willy Malimba has told Zodiak Online that all procedures were followed as they notified all district leaders a month before the elections.
"The constitution is saying that soon after the nominations in the region, we should give 21 days notice to the audience, the leaders and government. We tried to disseminate the information to the district chairpersons in all districts a month before the elections," Malimba said.
Concurring with Malimba, General Secretary for CSTU Mavuto Kaonga says the Teachers Union of Malawi followed all procedures as the elections were deemed credible and fair.
Kaonga however says they do not have the mandate to nullify the elections.
"They need to read and understand their constitution before bringing up a grievance like this one. As Civil Servants Trade Union we do not have any mandate that can nullify the elections which were held," said Kaonga.
The Teachers Union of Malawi elections were held in Lilongwe on 28 May this year.