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Former councillors demand gratuity

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By Audrey Kapalamula:

Some of the councillors whose mandate expired on March 20 this year have faulted the Treasury for failing to fulfill its monetary commitment.

One of the councillors, Samson Chaziya, said the Treasury owes them K500,000 each of gratuity.

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“We expected to receive our gratuity by the end of March but we are surprised that, up to now, we have not received the money. We think they are deceiving us and that is why we plan to have a vigil at the Treasury to force them to give us the money,” he said.

Chaziya said he and other councillors had made followups with authorities, including those from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, to no avail .

But Ministry of Local Government spokesperson, Muhlabase Mughogho, said the Treasury was handling the matter.

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“All procedures have been followed. In two weeks, councillors will receive their gratuity. [We are following] the process of ensuring that these councillors receive their money,” she said.

The government is expected to spend over K230 million on 462 councillors who served in Local Government in the last five years.

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