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Pensioners bemoan late payment, disparities in dues

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Public Service Pensioners Association (Pusepa) has bemoaned the tendency by the government to delay their [monthly] dues, saying the practice negatively affects their livelihoods.
Pusepa President, White Samute, has also decried the wide pension gap between civil servants who retired before 2004.
He was speaking in Lilongwe when he opened Pusepa’s 2017 annual general meeting and activities marking the association’s 20th anniversary.
“Pusepa National Executive Committee members have been learning of challenges pensioners are facing, including those that are not addressed in time. They include wide pension gap, delays by the government to revert back to Malawi Public Service Regulations 1:816 (1) of 1981 and late payment of pensions every month,” Samute said.
He also said the government’s negligence in supporting activities aimed to promote the welfare and livelihoods of the elderly and the poor is also negatively impacting the larger part of the association’s constituency, which consists of old and frail retirees.
However, Samute said the association is identifying means of improving the socio-economic well-being of the members and all pensioners.
He said they are promoting income generating activities to reduce poverty levels.

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