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Unprocedural hiring to cost Greenbelt Authority K3 billion

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The Greenbelt Authority (GBA) may cough up to K3 billion in salaries, benefits, allowances and related expenses for flouting procedures in the recruitment of workers.

GBA Board Chairperson Wester Kosamu confirmed the development when the authority released a human resource audit report in Lilongwe on Tuesday.

“It is expected that 25 people will lose their jobs after the authority recruited them without following proper procedures. This is part of an effort aimed at resuscitating the institution. We will communicate verbally and in writing to all affected members of staff,” Kosamu said.

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He said affected members of staff will be accorded an opportunity to be heard on grievances within seven days.

“The positions will immediately be advertised and those with necessary qualifications are being encouraged to apply,” he said.

The board engaged an external human resource audit firm to carry out the audit after noticing high levels of “incompetence” among workers.

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The audit has, among other things, revealed that the recruitment of some officers took place without any advertisement, jobs were offered to people who did not apply, who did not pass interviews while others held positions that are not established at the institution.

The audit has recommended that people that were hired illegally should be disengaged without any compensation.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Defenders Coalition Chairperson Gift Trapence has commended the board for choosing the path it has taken.

“We hope this will help stakeholders put the Greenbelt Authority house in order,” he said.

GBA has a monthly wage bill of K23 million.

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