Government has ruled out making payments to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) defunct paramilitary wing militants without a parade and head count, fearing ghost claimants have infiltrated the ex-Malawi Young Pioneers.
The former Malawi Young Pioneers (MYP) militants are pressing for K1.6 billion in compensation after Malawi Army soldiers forcebly disarmed them in the infamous Operation Bwezani.
Secretary to Treasury Ben Botolo said the money would only be paid during a head count to authenticate the identity of each recepient.
“1993 is a long time, most of the former MYP members are dead by now,” said Botolo.
But the chairman of the ex MYPs, Franco Chilemba said there was no need for the parade during the paying out exercise.
“We know each other very well. The government just wants to delay the whole process,” he said.
He said the ex MYPs want an immediate pay out of K500,000 which President Peter Mutharika gave out some time back to be distributed to the former militants.
The ex militants camped and held a vigil outside Capital Hill, the seat of government in Lilongwe for two days.