Public health workers across the country are going through severe financial problems as they have not been paid their March salaries, second day into another month.
The ministry of Health employees normally get their monthly salary on the 25th of every month. Unconfirmed reports say the salary delay is due to a government cheque for the salaries which was referred to drawer.
“Last month we received leave grants so I understand the March salaries also contained another set of leave grants which was an anomaly, this is why the cheque was referred back to the drawer,” said one worker who asked not to be named for fear of reprisals.
The worker said he did not understand why accounts personnel included another leave grant in March salaries saying this was part of cashgate, theft of public money at Capital Hill.
Officials from the ministry of Health, including spokesman Adrian Chikumbe could not immediately comment but Nyasa Times has verified that all public health workers are yet to get their salaries for March.
To the contrast, primary school teachers in public schools received their March salaries on March 24.
Since the payment of their salaries was decentralised to be done at divisional office level, the teachers have been the first in civil service to get salaries.
The Peter Mutharika administration is struggling financially and Capital Hill continues to make huge cuts in budgets to various government departments and ministries but it has been able to pay salaries every month to all civil servants.
It is estimated there are 150000 civil servants, a bulk of whom are teachers.