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Police Officers Get Allowances

Government has paid partial allowances to the 160 police officers currently on duty in the on-going operation to evict street vendors in Malawi’s capital city of Lilongwe.

On Thursday the officers complained to zodiak online that they had not yet been paid their allowances, nine days into the operation.

“We have not been paid our allowances. Please help us convey our concerns to the authorities. Some of us are from Dedza, Salima but we haven’t been paid anything,” said one of the concerned police officers who spoke on condition of anonymity.

But the same source on Friday communicated that the authorities had paid them K17,500 from the total money that they owed them.

“We have been paid K17,500 each although we don’t know when we will get the balance. We are grateful to zodiak because once they heard the story (on air and online) the authorities were up and running to pay us,” said the source

In an interview National Police Spokesperson Assistant Commissioner of Police Davie Chingwalu confirmed that the service had started paying the officers but could not say how much.

“Yes we have started paying them, the delay was due to some procedures,” said Mr. Chingwalu

The over 160 officers who are from Lilongwe, Dedza, Mchnji, Mzuzu, Kasungu, Mponela and other police stations were engaged to evict vendors in the streets of Lilongwe.

As of Thursday, the national police headquarters owed the officers on duty about 5 million kwacha in allowance arrears.

One of the officers who did not want to be mentioned said each of the officers were supposed to get K6,000 per day for five days and K2,500 honoraria per day as well.—Zodiak Online

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