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Ex-Malawi Young Pioneers want K70 billion

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By Deogratias Mmana:

Ex-Malawi Young Pioneers (MYPs) will hold demonstrations in Lilongwe on Tuesday to force the government to pay them their K70.6 billion benefits.

Lilongwe City Council Director of Administration Mussa Mwale confirmed Sunday about the planned demonstrations and that the council had granted the group permission.

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The leadership of the defunct paramilitary wing also confirmed on Saturday that they had organised demonstrations.

“We are set for the demonstrations on Tuesday in Lilongwe. We shall present a petition to Parliament and Lilongwe City Council. We had a meeting with the council and they permitted us to hold the demonstrations,” said the group’s publicity secretary Gideon Chisi.

Chisi, who was accompanied by the group’s vice coordinator Phillip Mwangonde and adviser Franco Chilemba during the interview, said the process to pay their benefits has stalled.

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“We have a copy of compiled data of bills of quantities for our benefits to the tune of K70.6 billion which was passed during the 2017/2018 national budget. This data was compiled by the Treasury,” Chisi said.

The compiled data shows that there are 2,921 beneficiaries to the tune of K70.6 billion.

On May 13 2021, the Office of the President and Cabinet wrote Treasury, Human Resources Management and Development, Solicitor General and Secretary for Justice, Auditor General and Accountant General asking them to submit reports on their respective roles in the payment process of the terminal benefits of the ex MYPs.

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