Many not paid gratuity by Malawi govt two years after leaving office

Former president Banda  after appointing  Gondwe as  Economic Planning Minister

Former president Banda after appointing Gondwe as Economic Planning Minister

Government has not paid gratuity to many people who worked under the Joyce Banda administration on contract almost two years after leaving office.

The development contradicts Finance and Economic Planning Development Minister Goodall Gondwe’s promise to the nation soon after he presented the 2015/16 budget that government would pay gratuities to all former employees under the previous government.

One former employee who asked not to be named for fear of further delaying his payment said to the best of his knowledge, only a few people were paid their gratuities.

The former employee said there seems to be a deliberate move to punish the former employees for their association with Joyce Banda whose relationship with the Peter Mutharika administration is sour.

Banda left the country in September in 2014 four months after losing the elections fearing for her security.

Said the former employee:  “They keep telling you one document is missing on your file. When the document is made available they will come up with another excuse, and you wonder whether the aim is just to frustrate you or something else.”

“My only concern is that the Kwacha is losing value with each passing day and we deserve to be paid the money,” said the former employee.

“We are only asking for what we are entitled to. If government does not see this [paying us] as important then they should tell us so. But it is wrong to punish us simply because we worked in the former administration.”

The former employee, however, was grateful “to some friends in various government departments” who have been very helpful to put together some documents but somehow can’t push the files through to the last office to make out the cheques.

Another former employee said a few months ago he physically moved the file from one office to another to expedite payment but in one office he was told the officer responsible to process a certain document was on leave and was asked to come the following week.

‘‘It is so frustrating,’’ complained the former employee.

Several offices are involved in processing gratuities for former State House employees including State House, Office of the President and Cabinet, Auditor General and Accountant General.

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Patricia L
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Patricia L
7 months 8 days ago

Let them come home some have overstayed in embassies. But thats is no excuse your SPC or mwati Chief Secreatry is an old fellow who shud have retired last year.The problem of keeping old wood are betraying the President. Me thinks its him not HE the source of all these problems. Azikaweta Nsomba kuchipoka amaneyu

amos phiri
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amos phiri
7 months 9 days ago
This govt indeed it’s persecuting those that worked in the JB Govt and are career civil servants.I have in mind 35 diplomats that are on recall and some are not getting paid their salaries in foreign land like Timothy Sandram,career civil servants like Ted Nandolo,Dr Oponyo, Chikumbutso Mtumodzi, John Bizwick, Dr Charles Thupi,Ted Sitimawina.I blame the Chief Secretary not the President.The Chief Secretary is supposed to redeploy the employees or pay the gratuities but kaya is scared to provide proffessional advice to the President maybe coz he was a key member of the previous administration having worked as PS for… Read more »
Mwana Mulanje
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Mwana Mulanje
7 months 9 days ago

If they fail to pay old pensioners whose net is only MK10,000 and when they pay it’s on 21st instead of 14th, how can they pay the huge millions that they owe the civil servants who retire now? I believe they government is stone- broke!

Naliyela
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Naliyela
7 months 9 days ago

Bwana Gondwe kumyata kumeneku? mxiiiii

NZERU ZAYEKHA S
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NZERU ZAYEKHA S
7 months 9 days ago

we are in a crisis lets work together malawians no finger pointing apa. The president is not blame at all else we share responsibility of not being proactive interms of our dealings. Lets not always wait for the government to construct a toilet at your home but rather work for yourself. Malawians kuzolowera mahand outs and clapping hands up to when ?

Call
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Call
7 months 9 days ago

This man and his Peter are failing Malawi. Malawi should look for another President. Peter has failed and not JB again. Chakwera hell to the no. Kamuzu Banda should come back to life and see what is happening in Malawi. He would collapse and die again.

chikopa
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chikopa
7 months 9 days ago

Yeaaaaaaaaah! Koma ndi twanya! Abambo akulu kuchita kufuna kugwa! Eeeiiiiish maudindo ndiovuta zedi?

chimwemwe
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chimwemwe
7 months 9 days ago

Goodall if you bow to donors like this they might give is budget support,dont be ridgid we teh fact is we can not do without donors

BOKHO
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BOKHO
7 months 9 days ago

Why DPP?

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