PETRA bemoans Malawi government overspending on compesations

The Malawi’s opposition People’s Transformation Party (PETRA) is condemning in strongest terms on what it calls government’s spending of huge sums of money paying out former senior government officials as compensation for their removal from office before the expiry of their contracts.

The party says in a statement seen by Nyasa Times which is signed by its publicist George Mvula that this cannot be the prudent way of spending tax payer’s money when the country is in a major economic downturn.

“Currently civil servants are getting peanuts as salary , public hospitals do not have essential drugs and inflation is extremely high at over 30% following the massive devaluation and  floatation of the local currency, yet government is able to compensate some individuals’ with hefty cash payments.”

It refers to MK150million given to the former Reserve Bank of Malawi governor Perks Ligoya, MK79million given to Malawi Revenue Authority Commissioner General Lloyd Muhara and MK70 million given to former director of the Anti Corruption Bureau Alexious Nampota.

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The party wonders why the tax payers should bear the responsibility for settling these unwarranted claims.

“Didn’t our President swear on April 7 that she will not be retributive during her presidency? And yet she is doing exactly what she swore not to?”.

Petra therefore says it “strongly condemns this wanton waste of tax payers’ money which resembles the same economic mismanagement the country has witnessed before”.

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