Former Army Commander, General Henry Odillo, his former deputy Major General John Msonthi, former Deputy Inspector General Nelson Bophani, former Principal Secretary for Mining Dr. Leonard Kalindekafe who were fired by President Peter Mutharika are still on government’s payroll.
According to published report, the officials are still collecting monthly salaries and other benefits.
Tax payers will continue financing Odillo’s pay package while he is at home as he is expected to remain on government pay roll up to 2019 when he will retire while Msonthi retires next year.
The benefits of those senior officers include fuel, airtime and Masm health insurance.
Senior government officials on Grade D, as the former army commander, receive up to K666 000 per month while the others receive K366 000 per month.
Quoting undisclosed source, the Weekend Nation newspaper indicated that Kalindekafe “was initially told he will be going to the Greenbelt Initiative but has just been given another letter to say he should remain at home.”
The paper’s source said Bophani “is in the process of being forced to retire but General Odillo will still be paid his salary.”
Secretary for Human Resource Management Sam Madula confirmed to the paper that government has been paying some fired officials because of the nature of their contracts who include Dr. Kelita Kamoto, a Grade P2 former director at Ministry of Health after she was ordered to start working in a ward at Queen Elizabeth Hospital on “orders from above” during the Joyce Banda administration.