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K231 million for councillors gratuity

By Isaac Salima:

PACKING THEIR BAGS—Councillors

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development will disburse K500,000 to each of the 462 councillors in the country as gratuity for the five years they have been in office.

This is according to correspondence between Secretary for Local Government and Rural Development, Charles Kalemba, and Local Government officials.

Kalemba further indicates that Local Government authorities would be dissolved on March 20 2019.

“You should be advised that government is committed to disbursing the gratuity amounting to K500,000 per councillor or part thereof immediately after the end of office. Government will accordingly advise steps to be followed for collection of gratuity and the responsible office for each disbursement,” Kalemba writes.

He further indicates that Local Government authorities will be reconstituted after the election of councillors in the May 21 Local Government elections, in line with provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi.

The Central Government further indicates that councillors shall continue to get ward allowances until April to allow them wind up their work, expressing hope that councillors would pay back motor cycle loans they obtained from the government.

“The Government of Malawi established a Motor Cycle Loan Scheme as a revolving fund for councillors in 2014, where each councillor obtained K1 million for procuring a motor cycle. Councils have been collecting loan repayments from councillors through deductions from monthly ward allowances. It is [the] ministry’s expectation that remittance of repayment installments to the National Local Government Finance Committee shall have been completed by the end of the month of March,” Kalemba indicates.

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