DPP’s parliamentary candidate Viola still on civil service payroll

Former Director of Public Affairs in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) Gerald Viola is still enjoying his salary and monthly benefits despite resigning from the civil service to pursue his political career, Nyasa Times has established.

Viola: On government payroll

Viola resigned from public office last year to contest for a parliamentary seat in Chikwawa South Constituency under the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

But Director of Human Resource and Development Management (HRDM) at the OPC, Edwin Watch, confirmed in a brief interview with Nyasa Times on Sunday that the former Director of Public Affairs still enjoys his salaries and benefits although he does not report for duties.

“I can confirm that Mr. Viola is still our employee and therefore is on government payroll. Send me a questionnaire if you need more details,” he said.

A source at OPC disclosed that Viola recently travelled to Arusha, Tanzania, where he represented government at an international meeting.

He is reported to have pocketed in excess of K2 million in travel allowances for the trip.

“Of course, the director, a Mr Sandikonda, refused to sign for his travel. But Viola bulldozed, using his political connections and got the documents and cheques signed for him to travel to Arusha,” said the source.

The source suspected that Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Lloyd Muhara, might have signed him.

Muhara refused to comment when contacted.

Viola couldn’t be reached for a comment as he was reportedly in Arusha, Tanzania, when we compiled the story.

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Namoni
Namoni
2 years ago

A disqualification in the offing

TruthOnly
TruthOnly
2 years ago

Please write about Bertha Ndebele, DPP parliamentary candidate for Balaka West who is still Deputy Ambassador in Malawi’s embassy in Harare, Zimbabwe

Pimbinyoro
Pimbinyoro
2 years ago

MEC should disqualify this man. He is a thief

Vinjenje
Vinjenje
2 years ago

Typical of a Lhomwe Government

Amos
2 years ago

Njoyani panopa. People with no conscious. Who is in control of this government. Or aliyense just taking the share before May? Mbava.

Chimulilenji 2
2 years ago

what is ACB doing??????????

Khumutcha
Khumutcha
2 years ago

Umbava, characteristic of the DPP government,

Jonnie
Jonnie
2 years ago

How about Saulos why not writing about him?? Za ntiiiiiiii

Mabvuto
Mabvuto
2 years ago
Reply to  Jonnie

Iwe Johnnie!
” why not writing about him ” ? Ndiye chingeredzi chakuti ? Osangolemba ‘ m’mchichewa bwanji ?
Anyway , Saulos sangafanane ndi bambo ako . Kayanso ngati alindi moto.

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
2 years ago
Reply to  Jonnie

What about him? Is he a Civil servant????? He is an elected member in the executive not a civil servant so why talk about Chilima? Is in this story anything to do with Chilima? Do you want to say that if it were that Viola was standing on an oppositin ticket, could he been enjiying the same treatment? The answer is no, so who is to blame? The corrupt government of DPP under the incompetent leadership of APM though well educated.

Chiku
Chiku
2 years ago
Reply to  Jonnie

Chilima akugwira ntchito because his duties are deligated by the president. If the President is not using him then he had no choice but taking what he has not worked for!

Harold Y Yapuwa
Harold Y Yapuwa
2 years ago
Reply to  Jonnie

I don’t think Saulosi resigned. He is still the serving veep for Malawi. But this guy resigned tu.

Aphiri
Aphiri
2 years ago

If it was in South Africa , Electoral Commision could have disqualified this guy. Malawi we are doomed. Lord hv mercy on us

Sure
Sure
2 years ago
Reply to  Aphiri

Malawi chilichonse sichikuyenda… we need DPP out nde akatuluka kudza wa manga . Imagine DPP coalition ndi UDF mean while muluzi has got the case yo answer.
Zingasinthe bwanji?

Aba ndalama za ma tractor palibe wamamgidwa.

DPP ikumenya anthu azipani zina zinthu pwirikiti…. Am sure kuti DPP ikufuna kubera election through UDF of which we know sawina . Nde abere … dzikoli ndewu yatsala pangono tiphana soon ..

VUTO NDI ALHOMWE WAIT AND SEE

Mabvuto
Mabvuto
2 years ago

I know this buddy very well, he likes money very much. EVEN his face tells a story that he is a big time THIEF.
Manyazi bambo, kodi simunasiye kukonda ndalama ndi masiketi aja ngati kusukulu kuja ?

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