Drama surrounds the payment process of dues for former Malawi Young Pioneers (MYP) officers as Minister of Finance, Goodall Gondwe, has said there is need to consult President Peter Mutharika on his directive, before making any payment of additional K500, 000 to each officer.
This is part of the total K1.6 billion package government is supposed to pay the 2,760 former officers.
Gondwe made the decision when he met the former officers who were holding a vigil at Capital Hill in Lilongwe, after government failed to honour their agreement of making the payment by April 14, 2017.
Treasury Spokesperson, Alfred Kutengule, confirmed the development, saying there is need for the consultation as the matter was not largely handled by the Ministry of Finance.
“Consultation is very important as far as payment is concerned. Because it was the matter that was not done from the Ministry of Finance, so there is a need because what they are saying is, that is a directive from the President, so he has to consult and find out.
“What came was a submission to indicate how much was to be paid and how payment has to be made. There was a column for pension and a column for additional amounts that had to be paid to the officers,” Kutengule said.
Kutengule also said before the payment, the document has to be audited as some of the members do not have documentation due to various circumstances.
“The reason to go to the Auditor General is to find a way whether payment can be made based on the information which the ex-MYP are providing or whether the Auditor General can advise another way on how payment can be honoured,” he said
Earlier in the day, the group had vowed not to leave the premises until they get their payment.
But after the meeting, the group’s National Coordinator Grey Chisale said they will keenly follow up on all the processes until the payment is done.
“We have been asked to select three representatives from our side and together with other officials from the ministry, we will go from tomorrow to the office of the Auditor General to verify the names. We are satisfied that the minister has assured us that immediately after he consults with the President, we will have our money,” he said.
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