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Truck drivers end strike

Normal flow of traffic returns at Mwanza border which was sealed off by truck drivers.

The drivers who were demanding a review of their salaries, disrupted the transportation of  fuel, fertilizer and other essentials into the country.

On Friday morning officials from the Road Transporters Association, Ministry of Labour, Malawi Defence Force and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services met to find a way forward.

They have since agreed to raise their monthly wage from K60, 000 to K140, 000.

This new agreement comes days after the Minister of Homeland Security Richard Chimwendo Banda met with representatives of the drivers directed that 60 percent of loads into the country should be handled by local truckers rather than foreign haulers.

Chimwendo Banda also directed that 60 percent be removed from their passport renewal fee and further advised that the drivers meet with their employers to negotiate on issues concerning their welfare.

The drivers however did not accept this and returned to holding instrial action while insisting that their employers do not do as directed by the government on issues concerning salary increment.

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