Malawi parliament security officers threaten strike over unpaid allowances

Malawi Police officers who provide security at the country’s parliament building in Lilongwe are considering the possibility of  going on strike if  their allowances are not paid in full by the end of the week.

About 30 police officers complaied that they have not been paid their allowances “for three months.”

One cop told Zodiak Broadcasting Services (ZBS) that their efforts to get the money have proved futile.

“Now we have agreed to boycott work as one way of expressing our grievances,” one police officer  said.

Malawi Parliament

Malawi Parliament

However, the national police spokesperson, Rhoda Manjolo told Zodiak radio that she isn’t aware of the police officers’ grievances.“There are channels that the police officers should have used to present their concerns but as I am talking that issue is new to me,” said Manjolo.

Parliament meets on February 18 to, among other things, table mid-term budget review by Finance Minister Ken Lipenga.

Speaker of Parliament Henry Chimunthu Banda confirmed to Nyasa Times that 18 bills are lined up for deliberations and said President Joyce Banda will officially open the new session.

This will be a third meeting of Parliament under President Joyce Banda who took over office following the sudden death of late President Bingu wa Mutharika in April, 2012 due to cadiac arrest.

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