Ntaba, ex Bingu aides to be paid K52m: Court orders Malawi gov’t

The Industrial Relations Court (IRC) has ordered Malawi government to pay a total of K52 million to Dr Hetherwick Ntaba and seven other former presidential aides for for unfair dismissal.

They are Dr Hetherwick Ntaba who was engaged as presidential spokesperson, the Reverend Billy Gama (presidential adviser on religious affairs), Bessie Chirambo (special assistant to the president on civil society), Albert Mungomo (presidential press officer) and Francis Mphepo (senior political adviser).

They were working under Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led government and they were subsequently dismissed by the Joyce Banda administration after the death of former President Bingu wa Mutharika.

Others are Edward Sawerengera, Henry Chiwaya and Margret Chaponda.

Ntaba: To smile all the way to the bank

According to a published report,  IRC deputy chairperson Jack N’riva found that the applicants were unfairly dismissed and were not given any reason, contrary to provisions of the Employment Act.

He therefore awarded the applicants their entitlements depending on their positions and period they served the late President.

Ntaba has been awarded K10.5 million, Gama over K3.5 million, Mungomo KK4.2 million, Mphepo K7.3 million, Chiwaya K6.1 million and Sawerengera K11.7 million.

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