Ex-MYP stage demo to demand terminal benefits: Give Malawi govt 5-day ultimutum

Former members of the Malawi Young Pioneer  (MYP) on Monday staged a  demonstration in Lilongwe to persuade government  to pay them the  terminal benefits after the disbandment of the para-military group in 1994.

Ex-MYP employee took to the streets

The government owes the 2 765 ex-MYPs about K1.6 billion following the disbandment of the group.

Chairperson of the ex-MYP members Franco Chilemba said the ex-employees  have waited enough for their compensation for the unlawful dismissals and held demonstrations to ask government pay them their terminal benefits.

“Government official promised us after our meeting  in May this year, that the money would be paid out after three weeks. But up to now we have not received anything,” he said.

Chilemba said the Minister of Finance promised them that their dues would be paid after the budget is passed.

He said they are giving government up to Friday to pay them or they will continue with the demonstrations.

Chilemba  said they will camp at the heart of government business- Capital Hill and outside Office of the President and Cabinet in particular.

Former MYP members claim were illegally dismissed some 18 years ago by the first democratic administration of Bakili Muluzi under the United Democratic Front (UDF).

The Malawi Young Pioneers was dissolved in 1994 by the Muluzi administration which understood the grouping as more of an instrument for oppression than a tool for development agenda.

Thousands of its ex-officers are scattered across the country while some managed to find employment many of them have remained jobless up to date.


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Kasakula Jerogi
4 years ago

These ruthless and heartless people should recall what they did to millions of Malawians and here now they want compensation! At the memorial tower they are using that bush around as toilets and no wonder that place is a health hazard and Lilongwe will soon experience a serious health hazard. Yes they are Malawians but if indeed they were part and parcel of the civil service which they weren’t and making them civil servants is am afraid a serious deserve to tax payers- this was a paramilitary wing of the MCP and not of Malawi Government so its like DPP… Read more »

4 years ago

Apasenit zawo what happended during that time was a sad day for our country. A group of undisciplined soldiers started demolishing Government buildings and merciless hunting of innocent fellow Malawians. The result is unspeakable poverty of infrastructure which Government has failed to revovate to date. You look at the Youth House in City Centre pathetic, Kamuzu Institute for Youth pathetic, all the MYP bases that were demolished. Government should pay these workers, they deserved better treatment. Next MCP should sue Malawi Army for damages to their Headquarters building.

4 years ago
Reply to  mjiba

must be a young fellow.or at least one of them

4 years ago
Reply to  mjiba

Malawi Young Pioneer(MYP) It is a pity MYP was disbanded the way it did for lack of vision on the part of leadership that took over. I should think, i stand on correction, if truly MYP provoked the Army by beating up one of the soldiers for no logical reason other than the feeling of having more support from the then government, indeed it spread nothing, but ill discipline. Even though that was the case, the new government should not have disbanded the institution for more than anything else, economic reasons. MYP contributed to the Country’s economic development. The institution… Read more »

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