Police rewarded prior to August 17 demo

By Nyasa Times Reporter

The Malawi government has paid all cops in the country different amounts with the lowest rank of Police Constable getting MK60,000 as a gift for doing good work, sources have confirmed.

“We were surprised to receive a list of names and amounts to be paid in their accounts. These people were already paid their July salaries that is why we got surprised,” said the source, who works in the banking sector.

After the July 20 nationwide demonstrations, government also rewarded the Police with increased allowances for a job well done despite the fact that Police shot dead 19 unarmed people.

Government increased their allowances to MK6,000 from MK2,000 per night.

Police: Given extra pay

National Police Headquarters Public Relations Officer Willie Mwaluka could not be reached for comment but Polices sources confirmed receipt of the said money while others were rushing to check their accounts.

The ‘extra-pay’ comes amid threats of a replica of the July 20 demonstrations during which thousands of Malawians poured onto the streets to protest against deteriorating political and economic governance.

Civil society leadershave announced further street demonstrations on 17  August because the President is unwilling to respond to our demands.

“Following the failure by the Malawi Government to address the concerns raised by Malawians through the civil society grouping as presented on 20 July, 2011, we write to inform your various organisations and entities that the follow-up demonstrations for 17 August, 2011, have finally been endorsed at a meeting convened in Lilongwe,” according to a statement made available to Nyasa Times  by Robert Nkwezalamba, Secretary General of the Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU), the official spokesman of the 17 August demonstrations.

Mutharika has threatened to crush protestors using security forces.

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