Thyolo council officials in K5mil cashgate accusations: Ghost workers

Officials from Thyolo district council have been accused of putting ghost workers on a public works programme that has drained government coffers up to K5 million.

Council chairman John Orima confirmed there is a financial report that is detailing how council officials, councillors and some traditional leaders swindled the government of K5 million.

He said the council will meet soon to chart the way forward on the allegations, dubbed Thyolo mini cashgate.

The report says only 1638 people worked for the public works programme in 2015 but the officials put the figure of those who worked at 2691, making the government lose up to K5 million.

The people were involved in aforestation projects among other projects in the hilly tea growing district.

People get K600 per day when they work in the government funded public works programme.

In Karonga, elected leaders have accused council officials of implementing development projects in secrecy. They have told the officials that democracy and decentralisation demand openness in such issues.

District commissioner has since apologised to councillors and members of parliament for some projects which took off without the knowledge of the elected leaders.

In Dowa, some traditional leaders have accused council officials of selling off without the knowledge of chiefs. The land in question is a market at Dowa Turn off. However, the district commissioner has feigned ignorance on the matter.

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11 thoughts on “Thyolo council officials in K5mil cashgate accusations: Ghost workers”

  1. Nyasatimes & zodiak tsiku lina muzachimina mumalemba nkhani ,nkhani imeneyi idasovedwa kale kale shupiti zanu…………………………………

  2. Nyanga bira says:

    Kwa T/A Ngolongoliwanso mufufuzeko.Mafumuwa ndi mbava izi katangale tho kubera amphawi.

  3. Something of similar nature is smelling @ Luchenza Munucipal Council…iiihh paja ma computer abedwako mayooo inee…my taxs zomwe ndikudulidwa zikundipweteka….ACB pliz khamu khwiki!!!

  4. mlomwe says:

    hopefully da council chairperson has evidence. sibwino kunathamangira ku media pomwe xinthu sizinapse

  5. Kanyimbi says:

    Please ACB, move fast to Thyolo. I don’t want rubbish there. How can a traditional leader be involved in corruption? These silly traditional leaders sold the land to whites and now they don’t want development? Please this is a home district of the state president and it must be exemplary.

  6. Councillor says:

    Anthu a Ku Dowa mugopeka nkhani bwanji,yamikilani zithu zikamayenda bwino wagulitsa malo aku mtsika ndani,inuyo munazolowera gule basi chimizi basi.a tolakhani be proffesional enough.

  7. Ibu wa Mutharika says:

    Za Ahlomwe zisandikhudze


    we need national identities to end all this.


    We immediately need National Identities to end all this

  10. bmwebmwe says:

    Ndalama yochepa zedi

  11. Kola says:

    Its not only Thyolo. If ACB is serious investigate all the councils. LDF money is being swindled in councils more than any funds in Malawi. There are Ghost beneficiaries and projects in councils. Its very pathetic. We had hopes in Councillors to curb this malpractice but as if they are encouraging this. May be they have become part and parcel of the syndicate. Shame on Malawi

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