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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45 thoughts on “Malawi Parliament staff collected allowance before strike: Minister says ‘money must be recovered’”

  1. chete says:

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

  2. mwana mulopwana says:

    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,

    1. chete says:

      Choka. Ku malawi kuno

    2. chete says:

      Iweyo. Osapita ku Pariamentiko. Ngati anthu akuimuddzi ndizitsiru

  3. mbani says:

    i cant comment on the other arm of government

  4. Conex says:

    Ndalama za misonkho ya anthu Boma lizisamala. Osamanya ngati masuku

  5. Hebrews says:

    Abweze or else it will be ParliamentCashgate!

  6. sabiti says:

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

  7. 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.

  8. Mfune says:

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

    1. chete says:

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

      1. chete says:

        Moderatiion will mean WHERE is your obligation and responsibility

  9. Mwenecho says:

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

  10. Tmc says:

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

  11. Peter Muthanyula says:

    Why do they get allowances for doing their normal work? Are they away from their duty station? This allowance mentality is the one that has led to gross underdevelopment in this country. We should be ashamed with ourselves, ladies and gentlemen

  12. john says:

    workers at parliament were not smart enough! Azikola okha!

  13. john says:

    FOR GOD’S SAKE, WHAT ARE THE ALLOWANCES FOR? PARLIAMENT IS THEIR DUTY STATION AND THEY ARE DOING THE JOB THEY ARE PAID AT THE END OF THE MONTH.

    WHY PAY THEM ALLOWANCES? WHERE ARE THEY HEADING TO. ARE THEY SPENDING ANY MONEY ON ACCOMMODATION.

    ROOSEVELT GONDWE, DO YOU KNOW THE MEANING OF ALLOWANCES AND WHY THEY ARE PAID?

    PLEASE ACB, MOVE IN AS SOON AS YESTERDAY!

  14. mtubii says:

    Kkkkkkkk zagwa pamphuno. Koma ngati ma allowance analandira ayenera kubweza ndramazo. Kubba chaani?

  15. Mmtumbuka opusa says:

    Very unfortunate and selfish bastards who are politically aligned. A bunch of thugs who should/ must be dismissed and replaced forthwith. Stenographer ? Ndiye kuti chani? We have lots of girls and boys who have graduated in the past years and are unemployed, they deserve to take over from these niconcops ….

  16. PRECIOUS BZ says:

    Tikudikira kumva kuti mupanga nawo chani?

  17. Taelos says:

    Fire them nafe tikufunako timasilira

  18. Kalonga Gawa Undi says:

    mwina amenewo ndiye muwamvera poti ndi ofunika kwambiri,ife ndiye tizingoyanganatu,poti osauka alibe mawu ndiponso wakukaliyala saimba belu,

  19. bongozozo says:

    Recover the money at once! They are thieving nincompoos….

  20. hohoba says:

    God help Malawi

  21. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Mbava nokhanokha.

  22. M'Malawi weniweni says:

    Shame on you. It is better to pay them the allowances on daily basis after work. Whoever misses work, misses the allowance. This is nothing but Parliamentgate. Tili ngati enafe mukanatani? Abweze basi. Akapanda kubweza deduct from their salaries.

  23. Nyani Galakunzwani says:

    strike imakoma mthumba muli phwamwamwa

  24. sizinantole says:

    Anthuwa ndi vindele

  25. ALLOWANCES GATE says:

    oH MY MALAWI. HOW DO WORKERS GET PAID ALLOWANCES WHILE WORKING ON THEIR STATION? THIS IS THEFT OF PUBLIC MONEY. EVEN GOVT SAYS THAT ALLOWANCES CAN ONLY BE PAID WHEN ONE WORKS OUTSIDE HIS OR HER STATION! THIS MEANS THAT ALL THIS TIME TIME THESE WORKERS HAVE BEEN ROBBING GOVERNMENT OF MONEY…..

    THERE IS OS MUCH LOOTING OF GOVT FUNDS IN MALAWI IN THE NAME OF ALLOWANCES YET THE WORKERS ARE RIGHT AT THEIR WORKING STATION! LETS NIP THIS IN THE BUD PLEASE….. AND THIS IS WORTH A THOROUGH FOLLOW-UP ON HOW THESE WORKERS HAVE BEEN GETTING ALLOWANCES WHILE DOING PART OF THEIR NORMAL JOB A THEIR DUTY STATION FOR THAT MATTER. For example, a stenographer is employed to take notes during sessions, how then can she claim allowances for the whole parliament sitting period…..isnt THIS JOB what they are employed for???? YAK PARLI ALLOWANCEGATE

  26. bigman munthu waMulungu says:

    a Malawi tiyeni tikonde dziko lathu. how dare you recieve allowance on the services which are not offered. ma strike’wa nao angofika poonerana. you guys are not serious

  27. Chejumo says:

    Chaos!

  28. mwana says:

    anzanu anadya zambiri pa cashgate.

  29. mjiba says:

    Whilst government instructions are clear as to when the civil servants are supposed to collect allowances. This scam unfortunately goes on in all Capital Hill offices where personnel collect allowances for work performed whilst at their duty stations. This continues to happen and unfortunately Parliament is at the helm of this wanton theft of public resources. Now that they have stolen from government, please institute criminal proceedings and fire them all. They have stolen enough. These people were recruited and they get their monthly pay to service Parliament be it when it is in session or in the various sub committees, no extra allowances for doing their normal work in their duty stations. Fraud at its best. ACB yagwa yokha muukonde.

  30. Patriot says:

    Kodi ma allowanciwo anali oti asachite strike? NDALAMAZO IDYANI MUSABWEZE.
    Zinali ngati KATANGALE eti? Ngati muja anafuna kuseka pakamwa pa atola nkhani ndi ka K50,000 kaja?
    ACB iwunikepo apa.
    This DPP illegitimate government is the most corrupt since multiparty democracy.

  31. The strike by parliamentary staff is ill-timed and stupid to say the least. Whoever hatched the idea does not respect democracy. I believe we have immature people handling national affairs in this country. People who are not patriotic and do not understand democracy. Yes you have a right to strike but after exhausting all efforts. The best way to solve these strikes is to withhold salaries of all striking employees. Employees on strike should be paid by their unions while on strike. I think we are handling these strikes with kids gloves. This is the only way we can end these stupid strikes. What do you think of us in the villages. One day citizens will stop you from going to work . Tatopa ndi ma strike opanda ntchito.

  32. nyamalikiti says:

    Hey,

    Whats ur problem? Why should they pay back? Nankhumwa, u are crazy. The parliament is suspended, what about MPs allowances received in advance? When strike is over, Parliament will be reconvened and they will perform their duties as per their allowance. Who will receive refund, how will people pay back?

    Come on u must be thinking shallow. Allowances will not be paid come what may!

    U can go and hang!

    1. ngakhale says:

      iwe ndiye mbuzi yeni yeni. these fools must be fired

  33. APM says:

    Ndili Ine sindingabweze,until Getu refunds NACGATE money

  34. The Binoculars says:

    Simple logic is to recover the money from those shameless thieves.The deductions must be done at once ,and not by instalments.That is taxpayers money that must not be messed up anyhow. Juwani from their salaries!

  35. kd says:

    ndiye koma la DPP free for all……..

  36. Wozinyanyala says:

    Idiots as if they discuss sense. …There is no country like Malawi where members of parliament just go to sit and wait for salaries. They dont even understand why they are there…..

  37. Angozo says:

    They must be all dismissed at once, why they collected allowances when they actualy new that they will go on strike? That is theft by trick.

  38. Mkwaso says:

    Honestly speaking, staff at Parliament are being too unreasonable and greedy. If true, they should indeed refund the allowances but again why paying them allowances when they are just doing their normal duties within their duty station? If they remain adamant, just fire them, they can not hold the whole nation at ransom.

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