Minister of Local Government Kondwani Nankhumwa has confirmed that traditional leaders in the country have gone five months without their monthly allowance attributing this to unprecedented 20 000 promotions that former president Joyce Banda made in the run up to the 2014 polls, among other factors.
Nankhumwa said the 20 000 promotion of chiefs could not cope up with the software of the ministry’s computers.
“This has caused problems in our computer systems. But we are upgrading our ICT systems;” he said.
He said in addition, there was communication breakdown between his ministry and offices of district commissioners, saying some money meant for the traditional leaders was used for other activities by councils.
Nankhumwa said the government is now arranging with other service providers like Airtel, TNM and post offices to be the sources of allowance pay points for the chiefs.