SOLDIERS -GATE: MUTHARIKA SWINDLES ALLOWANCES OF SOLDIERS SERVING IN DRC TOTALLING 6 BILLION KWACHA

By Sibo Chisi 15/5/15

By Sibo Chisi 15/5/15
It has been revealed soldiers who served in the Democracyuc Republic of Congo on UN Peace Keeping Duties for ten months have not been paid their money by government despite Malawi government pocketing millions of US dollars/ about six billion kwacha from UN in August last year.

According to confidential information sourced from the Ministry of Defence each soldier is entitled to about six million kwacha after serving in DRC and Malawi government gets this money from the however when the soldiers returned in July 2014 they got nothing of their dues.

“I can confirm with you that the morale right now in the army is very low. We feel cheated and conned by government. We left our families and our comrades lost lives but it is unbelievable money can be not given by our government.” Said one of the soldiers from Moyale barracks.
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Another soldier from Zomba said,” When we arrived from DRC the Minister of Defence said the United Nations have transferred the money to Malawi and our money would be paid in two weeks but we were just given 300 thousand without telling us what happened to the six million kwacha from UN”

Our reporter enquired with Malawi Defence Ministry as to what happened to soldiers’ money and anonymous officers revealed Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe told the Ministry of Defence money for solders will go through his ministry as orderd by president but the mystery remains as to where the money has gone.
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Following this development there has been crisis meetings to calm down the soldiers but the army is furious and losing patience with government regarding their money, ” I worked and suffered in DRC and I cannot accept government to rob us in this manner.” Said One Officer.

Our phone to Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe was unanswered.

” Tikufuna kuti anene zoona zake.komaso ndalama yomwe anapatsidwa asilikaliwa anapatsidwa rate yakale becayse united nation inakweza malipirowa but the government is lying.” Lamented one accounts clerk from the Army.