Ex-Malawi Young Pioneers (MYP) operatives on Wednesday clocked one year as they hold their vigil at War Memorial Tower near Capital Hill in Lilongwe to press for their dues.
The former paramilitary wing of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) combatants are camping at the tower where the statute of their firmer commander Hastings Kamuzu Banda looks down upon them.
The former combatants are living in deplorable conditions, without toilets as they use the forest bush as toilets and brave the current chilly weather and mosquito bites.
They live on shacks and have braved heavy down pours.
Leader of the group Franko Chilemba was defiant, saying they will leave the place until the last person is paid.
“We have at least 602 people who are yet to get their dues. We will only leave the place until the last person is paid,” said Chilemba.
Ministry of Finance spokesperson Davis Sado said the delays are due to the screening of the claims by the office of the auditor general.
“We received over 2000 files but we have to verify each and every claim,this is why we gave it to the auditor general to verify the claims,” said Sado.
He said at least 500 people have since been paid their dues.
The MYP, a former paramilitary wing of the MCP was forcebly disarmed band disbanded in 1993.
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