Malawi taxpayers to finance K62m for Malopa compensation

Malopa: To walk home with millions.

Malopa: To walk home with millions.

Former director general of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), Bright Malopa, will smile all the way to the bank  as he becomes yet another public officer to be compensated with millions of Kwacha from taxpayers in Malawi for unfair dismissal under the Joyce Band reign.

Industrial Relations Court (IRC) on November 29 2013 awarded Malopa K62.5 million compensation.

The court gave MBC 14 days to comply with the order but failed to comply and Malopa through his lawyer obtained a garnishee order where MBC accounts, including the salaries account, were reportedly frozen.

The flashy Malopa, currently in South Africa,  won the  compensation for unfair termination of his three year contract when President Banda dismissed Malopa and replaced him with veteran broadcaster Benson Tembo when she ascended to the presidency in line with the constitutional order following the the death of former president Bingu wa Mutharika in April 2012.

When Banda ascended to power, she fired several functionaries that worked under her predecessor.

Among other public officers who have been compensated millions by the current administration for unfair dismal after power change include former Clerk of Parliament Matilda Katopola, former Admarc boss Charles Matabwa, former Anti-Corruption Bureau chief Alex Nampota.

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