Some police officers in Malawi’s southern region are complaining over non-payment of allowances they are entitled to after escorting trucks that are delivering subsidized fertilizers in various parts of the region.
Concerned police officers have confided in the Nyasa Times that it’s now three weeks since they finished their task but nothing in is sight for their allowances.
“We suspect that this would be the replica of what has been happening in the past. For example we are still pushing for allowances for the duties done during the administration of the former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika’s administration,” said one police officer.
The sources said the police were promised to receive an allowance of K6, 000 per day for ten days they have been spending away from home.
“We are worried that we would not be given our dues because up to now there is no communication from police authorities on the matter,” chipped in another police officer.
However Malawi police spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo told Nyasa Times that the best way the police officers could have done is to channel their concerns through relevant authorities
“As police officer they are fully aware of the channels which are followed on such issues. The best they could do is to follow up the issue with senior police officers,” said Manjolo.
However the police officer said they could not personally approach the authorities themselves because according to them they operate under the dictates of disciple – which forces them to remain quite even if they feel oppressed.
But Manjolo dismissed this saying there are certain issues which the concerned parties have to approach relevant authorities themselves if they need something to be addressed.