Finance minister Goodall Gondwe has ruled out the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government compensating victims relations of July 20, 2011 protests
Gondwe said the government had no money for the K30 million compensation package for the 20 protesters mauled by police five years ago.
“We do not have the budget for the compensation in the 2016/17 budget therefore we will not be able to pay out the compensation,” said the Finance Minister.
Spouses and relatives of the victims want government to pay out the compensation.
They said this at a commemoration event on Wednesday in Mzuzu.
No government official attended the event.
However, Gondwe`s statement sharply contradicts that of presidential aide, Mavuto Bamusi who said President Peter Mutharika had directed that the government should pay the compensation.
He claimed the president had directed the attorney general to make compensation assessment.