By Audrey Kapalaula:
Differences have emerged among former Malawi Young Pioneer operatives (Ex-MYPs) over the government’s failure to honour the pledge of putting them on pension scheme.
Some have threatened to take the government to court on the matter while the group’s leadership trashes the idea.
One of the concerned ex-MYPs, Austin Mwandalo, Wednesday said the group has run out of patience as the government is failing to commit itself despite setting aside K70 billion for the task.
“In 2017/18 budget, they allocated K70.6 billion for our pension [scheme] but we don’t know what happened to it. We will soon go to court because we have given them enough time to work on all necessary processes but nothing is happening,” he said
Mwandalo, who worked as a pioneer from 1986 to 1994, added that some people are yet to receive terminal benefits that the government is paying to the audited group.
But leader of the group, Franco Chilemba, dismissed the matter, saying the group is working on gratuity processes.
“These are just people who want to bring confusion and disrupt what we have planned as a group. For us, we want to finish all the payment processes of our terminal benefits before we can start discussing the issue of pension with the government. We are still engaging authorities on the issue of terminal benefits,” he said
Secretary to the Treasury, Cliff Chiunda, asked for a questionnaire before responding to the matter.