By Malawi Freedom Network
MEC Junior Staff Plan Strike Against Bosses Allowance Scam
It never rains but pours for the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) as fresh revelations have it that senior officers at the elections body have received dubious allowances in millions of kwachas for 50 days working in the field where they never went.
The junior staff have also engaged officials from the graft busters, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to furnish them with information of the rot.
At the centre of it all is MEC Chief Elections Officer, Sam Alufandika who received money amounting to MK1.8 Million for 50 days out of station allowances yet he never travelled out of duty station for those days.
On top of that, Alufandika is said to have received international trip allowances when he traveled to the United Kingdom some two weeks ago together with the embattled MEC Charperson, Justice Jane Ansah.
Alufandika had returned to Malawi while Ansah stayed put in England where she has a House in Nottinghamshire.
Apart from Alufandika, the other senior staff members who got the dubious allowances are Diverson Makwete, Harris Potani, James Mapweleme, Sam Sitolo, Fyson Magalasi, Henry Mukhondia and King Rudi.
Currently, as it stands, there is a wave of frustration among the junior staff as the earlier proposed “risk allowance” for all other support staff was not approved.
The elections referee has been dragged to court over mismanagement of May 21 presidential results.
Besides, there is an ongoing nationwide demonstrations aimed at mounting pressure on the MEC Chairperson, Jane Ansah to resign over accusation of poor management of the elections.