Local staff in the Credit Department at FMB in Blantyre, are working in fear while others have resorted to resigning from their jobs due to what they call ‘abuse and mistreatment by one of the Bank’s Senior managers, The Manager in question is Group General Manager for Credit, Kobus Louw who is an expatriate from white South Africa.
Sources at FMB have confided to Malawi Voice that Kobus is fond of calling his fellow managers, (of Malawian origin) in his department ‘stupid’ or ‘pieces of bullshit’ almost on a daily basis. Authorities are however not aware of these alleged mistreatment and racist remarks as nobody has been bold enough to report him for fear of reprisals.
“A number of managers in the department have left the Bank not in search of greener pastures but running away from their fellow manager,” said the source.
He said in 2016 three Credit Managers also resigned because they had enough of his abusive language from him.
“In January and April 2017, two Credit Managers have also left FMB because of the mistreatment of the same boss. Some of these managers are still jobless as they left the Bank because of abuse and not for other jobs. He undermines the knowledge and skills of black managers,” said our source. Recently, President Peter Mutharika warned that government will deport and foreigner who will have been found to have racially abused Malawians on the basis of their colour.