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Ministry of Education

Mr. Enoch Sibande vs. Ministry of Education Science and Technology
The Complainant alleges that his daughter was suspended from Chamalaza Primary School in January 2015 for keeping hair on religious grounds. It is the Complainants’ story that his daughter had missed half a term school session through suspension. He tried to talk to the headmaster and the District Education Manager (DEM) but to no avail. After successfully relaying to the headmaster that the Complainant’s daughter has religious and educational right to enjoy.  The Malawian Constitution allows people to hold religious beliefs of their choice as stipulated under section 33 which reads “every person has a right to freedom of conscience, religion, belief and though…” as such the student was treated unfairly by being suspended.  The Respondent was informed of the legal position and the child was allowed back to school in September 2015.

Malawi Police Service

Joseph Dzuwa v Malawi Police Service
The Complainant Mr. Dzuwa wrote the Ombudsman in October 2014, alleging that the Respondent, Malawi Police Service treated him unfairly by refusing to transfer him between posts from assistant Superintendent of Police to Civic Education Officer at the Ministry of Information. His request for transfer was made after his self-initiated training for a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism and after successful interviews for the post of Civic Education Officer conducted by Ministry of Information. His claim was found to lack merit as he went to school without authority of the Respondent as such the Respondent had no obligation to automatically promote him after completion of his studies. In addition, the Complainant had to resign and not seek a transfer between posts after securing his new job.

 

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