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Delayed salaries irk Civil Servants Trade Union

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Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU) has expressed displeasure on the delayed salaries for civil servants.

Reacting to the Treasury’s announcement of delayed August salaries for some ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), CSTU Secretary General Madalitso Njolomole faulted the government for failing to discipline irresponsible controlling officers.

Njolomole said the reason for the delays point at some people who are failing to do what is expected of them and wondered how the government is failing to come up or enforce relevant mechanisms on such individuals.

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“In all the departments and ministries, there are controlling officers who are supposed to check when the GP5A forms should be submitted. It is the Ministry of Finance’s responsibility to push the controlling officers when they have failed rather than waiting for this time to tell us delayed salaries stories which affect budgets for our families. It is an inconvenience to us,” Njolomole said.

He said the union is concerned that the salary delay issue which they sorted out with the government negotiating team some time back seems to be resurfacing.

Secretary to the Treasury Ben Botolo has attributed the delays to late submission of government paper Number 5A (GP5A) to the office of the Accountant General for the commencement of salary processing.

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As a standing guideline, MDAs are required to submit the GP5A documentation by 5th of each month for Treasury’s funding of salaries.

The MDAs are also required to submit payment vouchers to the Accountant General by 16th of each month.

Botolo said the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development has noted with regrets that some MDAs are not following the timetable.

He said while every effort is being made to ensure that the affected MDAs access their salaries on time, the National Assembly, Malawi Police Service and Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining and all councils except Likoma might receive their salaries late for non-submission of the GP5As.

“Government highly values the role civil servants play in the delivery of public services in the country and it is therefore committed to ensuring that all civil servants are well motivated and that their pay is timely,” Botolo said.

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