Malawi losing billions on ghost teachers, nationwide strike looming

Billions of kwacha from government coffers are being lost out on ghost teachers in operatives being masterminded by unscrupulous civil servants at Capital Hill in Malawi’s administrative capital Lilongwe, Nyasa Times can reveal.

Kalekeni:  24% is unacceptable

Kalekeni: We will sanctionn a strike

The revelation comes in the wake of ‘cashgate’ trials currently ongoing in Malawi courts, following the plundering of more than $100 million dollars of public money through hazy deals by public officers between 2012 and 2013.

According to Nyasa Times investigations, senior public servants responsible for teachers’ perks are swindling the latter’s hardship allowances, leave grants and salaries through the creation of bogus pay rolls.

“There are still a lot of loopholes that some [the senior officials] are using to cash in on ghost teachers,” a source at Capital Hill told Nyasa Times. “Government is losing billions.”

Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) general secretary expressed a gloomy concern over the matter, and warned that, as teachers, they would stage a nationwide strike should the malpractice continue.

“We will sanction a strike the country has never seen,” warned Kalekeni.

Kalekeni said it was sad that thousands of teachers were “suffering because of few senior members at Capital Hill who create ghost workers, and siphon money that is supposed to ease some of the numerous problems teachers encounter.”

Government is believed to be owing a horde of teachers billions in leave grants, hardship allowances and salaries for newly recruited staff.

Nyasa Times reported Tuesday of the status quo of most primary school teachers in the country most of who resort to loan sharks to eke out a living.

During a research dissemination workshop in Lilongwe Monday, Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) executive director Benedict Kondowe told participants that a survey they conducted recently showed that government is losing billions of kwacha in paying salaries and other benefits for teachers who do not exist.

According to Kondowe, their research showed a mismatch between the number of teachers that exist in government files and those that are on the ground.

“They were more teachers on the government list than on the lists we collected from authorities in various schools across the country,” said Kondowe. “Where is the rest of the money going?”

Director of basic education at the Ministry of Education Dr. Joseph Chimombo told Nyasa Times that the ministry “was not aware of pilferage of the government money through ghost teachers.”

He added: “Now that we have evidence from Mr. [Benedict] Kondowe, we will definitely take it up from there.”

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Si sad. I graduated in 2012 and stayed home bad 2 yrs without being employed while some selfish officers are practicing theft. Uwu ndi uchitsiru…………. Zandinyasa, it cant happen that there are no pipo at the capital hill who stole maney in form of cashgate. Serious investigations must take place at the capital hill. ACB MUST ACT


Kooodi Muyesa Amene Sakudziwani Mdani Nenani Kt Mulibe Ndalama Osat #yachuka Czoona I Knw Kt Muchedwetsa. Chilima Amkati B4 10march Ena Akt Month-end Choti Mudziwe Ana Ammasukulu Ena Sanalembe Mayeso Musova!!!


Comment please go and check mj,mzmba,ru,phal,manz districts to mention a few

Dinesi Walter

It’s very unfortunate. I graduated as special needs teacher in 2011 but up to now no salary. What a ministry! Remove all the bosses at capital hill, Mr Chilima.

Genuine boy

The best way you can do Mbachi is to contact Nyasa Times reporters and you will be assisted Call Alfred Chauwa in Lilongwe I know his mobile number is 0999451682

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one malawi one people

bravo, Benedicto KONDOWE. iyi yokha iyi usaisiye, it will help both teachers and the gvt, work hard on this and may the gud Lord guide u on this one, upulumutsa mizimu anthu ambiri ovutika, ….this is genuine activism osati za ena zandale zija… akubawo agwidwe. alangidwe they r counter productive.


With all these revelation will the zero aid buget materialise?


Please help me! I’m a primary teacher here in Mzimba north and in December 2014, I got K170,000 fake salary arrears in my account and the accounts lady called me before pay day to tell me the deal and when I cashed the money I gave her K110,000 and she said this will be shared between her and the capital hill officer.

I feel guilty of this but how can I return this money before the investigation comes to our office?


Just report to police.

kwake nkuluma

In My Considered View, Kondowe Has Wrong Data. He May Wish To Be Schooled That Govt Has 120000 Active Trs, Apart From Having 30000 As Pensioneers, All These Get Their Emoluments From The Ministry. There Was An Exercise Which Fished Out Ghost Workers In The Past. That, However, Doesnt Preclude The Fact That These Cashgate Used Scumbags Can Devise Other Means Of Pilfering Money From The Ministry.

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Comment too unfortunate for the malawian teachers

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