Malawi Parliament staff collected allowance before strike: Minister says ‘money must be recovered’

It has emerged that  before embarking on their industrial action to force government to raise their pay, all striking workers at Parliament collected two-week allowances  to provide a service which the strike has disrupted.

Staff carry placards

Staff carry placards

Nyasa Times understand that the allowances were meant to pay them for providing service relating to the Mid Term Budget Review sitting on the National Assembly.

An  official in the Parliament’s Finance Department who refused to be named because he is not authorized to speak on such matters to the media has disclosed this.

The sitting has since been suspended until the strike comes to an end.

“It is true they collected the allowances of two weeks,” said the Parliament’s finance official. “It is standard practice that during sittings of the National  Assembly allowances are paid in batches of two weeks.”

The official said the allowances were paid without realizing that once they receive them the staffers would not report for the work they were paid for.

“We paid them unsuspectingly,” he said.

He could not tell how much each one of them had received and the total amount of money that got spend on them, saying the figures could not be mentioned off hand.

“But it is a substantial amount of money,” he said.

Clerk of Parliament Roosevelt Gondwe was not immediately available to comment on the matter.

Government spokesman Kondwani Nankhumwa said he had heard about the matter loosely.

“I don’t have the facts. The authorities at Parliament are better placed to comment with facts,” he said.

He however said that the standard practice is that any money that a person receives without doing what he has been paid for must be refunded.

“If it turns out to be true that the allowances in question were indeed paid but the service was not rendered because the sitting (of the National Assembly) where the service would have been provided has been disrupted, my considered opinion is that the authorities at Parliament will find the payment irregular and will therefore make sure the money is recovered,” said Nankhumwa.

The support staff are demanding a salary hike of 24 percent to their salaries which were already raised by 5 percent in October last year.

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chete
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Ndikulani. Koma masiku akale anapita. UMUNTHU WANU ULI KUTI???????????

mwana mulopwana
Guest

Malawi sazatheka , you mean someone is receiving allowance for the duty that he performs, who is the authorization officer, something is not adding up, We need a complete overhaul at the Parliament and Malawi Govt,

chete
Guest

Iweyo. Osapita ku Pariamentiko. Ngati anthu akuimuddzi ndizitsiru

chete
Guest

Choka. Ku malawi kuno

mbani
Guest

i cant comment on the other arm of government

Conex
Guest

Ndalama za misonkho ya anthu Boma lizisamala. Osamanya ngati masuku

Hebrews
Guest

Abweze or else it will be ParliamentCashgate!

sabiti
Guest

Teachers should also consindered with allowances when addimistering terminal tests inorder to balance the equetion

Concerned Taxed Citizen
Guest

Do we need to know this coz of strike,this is a tendacy of authorities to strike back when they have bn injured in such circumstances. Bad practice in civil service….money must be worked 4.

Mfune
Guest

Its shame that some governmenr workers gets allowance while doing normal work in their offices.
This is absurd, they dont deserve allowances for what?

chete
Guest

Eti akazi or amuna ako angalipire ngati zija timachita ndi ma HULEE

chete
Guest

Moderatiion will mean WHERE is your obligation and responsibility

Mwenecho
Guest

it has been noted that alomwe r every where even on radios comment ing as if they dont ve heads.agalu

Tmc
Guest

MPs get house allowance despite that they are expected to be on their home areas, have u ever querried that, dont just comment

wpDiscuz

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