Over 600 ex- miners protest in Karonga: Accuse DPP govt for swindling their money
Over 600 irate ex-miners in Karonga, the northern border district of Malawi on Thursday stormed the office of the District Commissioner (DC) in protest for their pension.
The group planned to hold a night vigil at the DC office till government give them their money.
Speaking in an interview, one of the group’s leader John Mwenelupembe from Chilumba area said they have full information that the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government received their money from the South African government but they have misused.
According to Mwenelupembe, their leader John Dick confirmed to them that the South Africa government released their money in time and it is now in the hands of Malawi government.
“We will sleep here till we get our money. We suffered a lot for it,” said Mwenelupembe.
He said their friends in other regions have already received their cash .
“I have a lot of friends in the south and central they told me that they have received their money and they too wondered why we are yet to get paid,” he complained.
Awangire Mwasanga from Iponga area said they are now tired with government lies on the matter.
The group then threatened not to bow down to government as they will continue with protests until they got they get their cash.
A ulule i ayaluke basi ayiwona…….ku american embassy adawabera alonda …..kuzera mwa christopher Tukula…….pliz Chengerani
Do they all have a makhuruskop number or something like that? Usually this is the number that can be used to make claims. And it also doesn’t mean that everyone qualifies for payment, there is need to have proof that one has a condition of the lungs that was caused by mining called pneumoconiosis. This has to be verified by doctors in Malawi and designated doctors in RSA. Even then, pneumoconiosis can be very difficult to prove especially if one also had TB. If one had TB, the whole issue of lung disease is attributed to the TB not to… Read more »
Most ex-miners were illiterate – they failed to safely keep work records thinking someone will do it for them. This is the sole reason why it is difficult for some of them to produce proof that they indeed worked in the mines in South Africa. s is always the case in Malawi, one’s mistake is blamed on Government – shame
Do you know the figure and how much each one of you are owed by the government? I guess you don’t know and you have no clue. MCP government abused you guys. They sold you as slaves at a higher labour rate and gave you the meager difference. MCP government and individuals pocketed that larger difference.
Cash gate started long ago guys. I have a friend who worked there at Teba Office in South Africa and he was in payroll office in Welkom. He knows all these dirty cash gate tricks MCP government indulged in.
it is time to reap
Protests against the government are starting. We need coordination, like in 2011, or things will be wild and bad.