The Thyolo District Council says it is looking for the resources to carry out a case management exercise to establish the exact number of participants of the World Bank funded Climate Smart Public Works Programme who have not received their wages.
This comes after at least 90 people for Lifuluni catchment area, Traditional Authority Nsabwe stormed Thekerani Extension Planning Area (EPA) offices on Monday seeking answers from an extension worker on the delayed payment they worked for from December 2022.
The district council's spokesperson, Brenda Nkosi said on Tuesday that the delay is due to lack of National IDs by some to register on mobile money wallets, some participants worked on behalf of the registered participants and their names are not in the system, while others allege that they were partially paid, hence the exercise.
"After case management, the supplementary wage sheet will be developed and submitted to the National Local Government Finance Committee for further processing and, consequently, payment of the wages to the remaining participants," she said.
Meanwhile, Nkosi said "we have requested the National Local Government Finance Committee for financial support and we are waiting."
But, some of the concerned participants, Ned Muthakwani, Doreen Chimiko, Estina Bitoni, Zelepa Dagalasi and Mefa Musoda, said it has been a painful wait since their friends were paid in other areas, in the initiative that used electronic payment mode.
Village Headman Mwavi of the area said most people abandoned their maize fields to work in the program in order to buy food to cushion them from hunger.
Around 60, 000 people in Thyolo benefited from program which was aimed at restoring natural resources.
Each of the 15, 500 households were receiving K1, 200 daily after planting trees, controlling water run-offs and soil erosion in the three-cycle a year initiative which also ensures food security and minimise flooding in the Shire Valley.