Council employees go 4 months without pay

Over 70 employees at Chikhwawa District Council have now gone four months without their monthly salary as the cash strapped council is struggling to raise revenue.

Chikwawa DC Bester Mandele  receives petitionas Paramount Chief Lundu looks on

Chikwawa DC Bester Mandele receives petitionas Paramount Chief Lundu looks on

Some of the council workers said they are finding it hard to make ends meet.

“When we press for our salaries, we are threatened with letters of dismissal,” said one of them asking for anonymity in fear of losing a job.

District commissioner Bester Mandele confirmed some workers, especially maarket masters and revenue collectors have not received their salaries for four months.

“But these people are lazy, they steal council money, they are under collecting revenue making it impossible for us to have enough salaries for them,” he said.

The council needs K3.3 million every month to pay its workers.

However senior council members including the district commissioner are paid from Capital Hill in Lilongwe.

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3 thoughts on “Council employees go 4 months without pay”

  1. Peter Yobu says:

    But they haven’t been paid four months and you expect them not to steal…. find ways to curb theft and not withholding salaries

  2. Chapananga says:

    Money no money, stealing , no stealing but Going four months without salary is suicide

  3. chinkombaleza gumanyundo gowa says:

    I want to agree with the DC these market fee collectors steal a lot of money. Try to make sudden visits as inspectors at the market, you will see how much they steal. Malawi can’t develop this way.

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