The Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) held a farewell party for its five former employees who had retired and for successfully executed their contracts after working for the MBS for over 25 years.
The function took place on Friday 11th October, 2019 at Sunbird, Mount Soche in Blantyre. It was mainly aimed at congratulating, appreciating, celebrating, and most of all, awarding the following five retirees; Mr. Davlin Chokazinga, Mr Patrician Kondowe, Mr Grey James Chisi, Mr Yokonia Lyton and Mr Augusto Mvariwa for the work that they did during their time of stay at the MBS.
The Principal Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Dr Ken Ndala, was the guest of honour at the event.The event was also attended by Mr Chris Mchenga, who represented the Comptroller of Statutory Corporations.
Speaking after presenting the certificates to the retirees, Dr Ndala said that it takes perseverance, honesty and hardwork for one to reach the retirement age, let alone completing one’s contract. He also appreciated MBS Management for organizing suchan event because it showed that the MBS is growing and that it is able to retain its employees. “The retirees that have been honoured this evening have gone through all work situations, some I know unfavourable, whilst others not, but they still stood for the MBS and the nation at large,” he said.
Since the mandate of the MBS is to promote standardization and quality assurance of products and services in Malawi, the guest of honour also reminded the MBS to utilize the mandate by retaining of hardworking, dedicated and patriotic staff, as demonstrated by their colleagues.
The PS further urged the MBS through the Director General, the Board and Management to endeavor to continue improving its working conditions in order to have similar functions in the future.
On his part, the MBS Director General, Mr Symon O. Mandala, congratulated the retirees and told them that their humble acceptance to come and attend the function was an indication that they were still part of the MBS family. Mr Mandala also stated that their dedication was not only to the MBS, but also to Malawi as a nation. He further urged the MBS staff to take an example of the retirees and that they must be very committed to their work so that they could also be rewarded after their retirement
Speaking on behalf of the retirees, Mr Patrician Kondowe, who was looking very happy and energetic on that Friday said that he and his fellow retirees had a very good time working with colleagues during their stay at the MBS and that the friendly environment made them to enjoy the time. “Your love and care made us unaware that slowly and gradually we were reaching our retirement ages”, he said. Mr Kondowe also mentioned that he almost fainted after being notified about his retirement. “Like Paul said in 2 Timothy 4 vs 7 as retirees we can say that we have fought a good fight and we have finished our course. We have kept the faith and what is happening here now is like receiving the crown which is stated in verse 8 of the same chapter”, he quoted. He also did not hide the fact that they left the MBS with a lot of memories like seeing it growing in infrastructure from one office at the head Office through the regional offices and Satellite offices.
Mr Davlin M.D.Chokazinga, who did not attend the function because of other engagements, workedfor a period of 29 years. He joined the MBS on 15th May 1989 as a Scientific Officer and he left the MBS upon the expiration of his contract as Director General on 12th December, 2018.
Mr Patrician Lotani Kondowe worked for the MBS for 31 years. He joined the MBS on 1st November, 1988 as a Laboratory Technician. He retired on 27th February, 2019 while working as Quality Management Systems Coordinator.
Before Joining the MBS on 1st October, 1996, Mr Grey James Chisi had worked in Government under the Ministry of Industry and Trade since 14th February, 1991 as an Assize Assistant. He was then transferred to the MBS following a decision by Government to transfer the Assize Department, which was under the Ministry of Industry and Trade to the MBS. He retired on 1st September, 2018. He retired while working as Senior Assize Assistant. He worked for a period of 27 years.
Mr Augusto Mvariwa worked for a period of 24 years. He joined the MBS on 1st August, 1994 as a security guard and he retired on 29th November, 2018 years.
The longest serving retiree among the five, Mr Yokonia Lyton, joined the MBS on 19th September, 1984 as a Messenger. He was later promoted to the position of Head Messenger and he retired on 16th May, 2018 after working for the Bureau for 34 years.