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Government yet to pay 400 prison warders

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By Steve Nkhoma:

SORTING OUT ISSUE—Phiri

The government is yet to pay training allowances to 400 prison warders who were part of Malawi Prison Services (MPS) 12th intake, almost two years after the training.

Some of the warders who were part of the training in 2016 accused Chief Commissioner of Prisons, Wandika Phiri, of paying lip service on the issue.

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One of the warders said they were supposed to get K54,000 of training allowances per month for the six months they underwent training.

However, according to our sources, some of the warders only got allowances covering four months, some for two months while others did not get any tambala.

We are disappointed that, up to now, the government is yet to give us our training allowances. We want to make it clear to the government that we want our money. State President [Peter Mutharika] should intervene in this issue so that we can sort it out,” said one of the warders, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Another warder said he has been failing to recover from the shock of unemployment as he accumulated huge debts while undergoing the training.

“I resorted to debts in the hope that the government would pay us our arrears but this is not the case,” he said.

Chief Commissioner of Prisons, Wandika Phiri, confirmed the development but said MPS was doing its best so that those affected can get their arrears.

She, however, directed us to speak to MPS spokesperson, Chimwemwe Shaba, for an official position and further details on the matter.

Shaba was not readily available as we went to press.

Last year, warders downed tools, demanding standardisation of salaries for officers of similar ranks in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services, MPS and Malawi Police Service which paralysed the administration of justice.

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