MASAF IV beneficiaries receive piecemeal payments in Zomba

Blantyre, Controversy has risen in Zomba after beneficiaries of the Malawi Social Action Fund (MASAF) IV were paid K 10,000 each instead of K14, 400 for the public works programmes they undertook for 24 days.

In a recent interview with the Malawi News Agency (MANA), a victim of the circumstance who chose to speak on condition of anonymity said the incident started when officials from the council came to pay beneficiaries from Group Village Heads; Majawa and Matache in the district in the month of April.

The source said there were a number of discrepancies of names in the registers brought by officials from the council and those kept by the foreman of the public works in the area a Mr Mkwaila as well as those of the chairperson for the Area Development Committee (ADC) Greva Jisa.

We were surprised to see council officials calling names different from those of people on the ground, resulting to names of 13 of us who were rightful beneficiaries missing from the list hence not getting paid, explained the source.

According to the source, Jisa told them that there was nothing else that he could do to help them claiming that it was the computer at the council that missed to capture their names.

Commenting on the matter in an interview on Friday, District Commissioner for Zomba Emmanuel Bambe confirmed receiving reports about the discrepancy.

My office has just received the complaint today from the community in question. So we will look into the issue next week and see the way forward, said Bambe.

He however appealed for patience from the community as his office is investigating the issue and assured them that it will be dealt with appropriately.

According to MASAF IV regulations, beneficiaries are supposed to receive MK14, 400 each after working for 24 days and are supposed to be registered on an open ground without the district council’s interference.

Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA