Ex-Minister of Information who now heads a political movement known as Transformation Alliance (TA) Moses Kunkuyu has asked the Peter Mutharika led administration to pay Ex-members of the Malawi Young Pioneer (MYP) their terminal benefits.
The MYP’s were a paramilitary wing of the first ruling Malawi Congress Party (MCP) whose President was the late Ngwazi Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda.
The grouping has been fighting for their compesation money for years through various means including delivering petitions to government as well as holding march protests and vigils.
On Monday this week, the MYP’s camped at Treasury Offices at Capital Hill in Lilongwe as one was of forcing government to pay them their money.
They later threatened to hold a vigil at the President’s Palace in the Capital Lilongwe.
Speaking in an interview with Nyasa Times, the Transformation Alliance leader said it is ideal for government to pay the MYP’s so that the matter is settled once and forever.
He also blamed government for continuing using poor public finance management systems.
“My take is that we have made many dubious payments to companies and individuals as a result of poor public finance management systems that are easily abused,” said Kunkuyu.
He said the government goofed by letting MYP members names be included on government pay roll while knowing they used to belong to MCP.
“Whether they were party operatives or not but if they found their way into the public pulse and got on the pay roll of government, then they are not to blame for demanding what is legitimately theirs.
“But this should be a wake up call for now and future governments and Malawians to guard against financing political party zealots through whatever channels using public funds,” advised Kunkuyu.
The government has been dilly-dallying to pay the MYP members their money which is totalling to K1.6 Billion.
The then government of former President Dr. Joyce Banda conceded to ex-MYP members demand of pension compensation in 2012.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :