Former Reserve Bank of Malawi Governor Dalitso Kabambe has come out to clear the allegation that he has been receiving salary as Principal Secretary (PS) in the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) for the last three years.

Kabambe on several occassions wrote Malawi Government to stop paying him salaries and instead retire him from the Civil Service and pay him his gratuity and monthly pensions.

Instead, President Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse Alliance government continued to pay him salaries.

In one letter dated April this year, The Maravi Post has seen, Kabambe refered to previous other letters as he pleaded with government to stop paying him salaries.

In a letter dated April 20, 2023, addressed to the Secretary to the President and Cabinet (SPC), Kabambe expressed his displeasure to the government for continuing to pay him through his Standard Bank account which he says “should government continue to pay me those salaries into this account, I will be forced to either close the account entirely or put a stop order to it.”

This is the third letter, which was written to the Secretary to President and Cabinet, raising the same position. On 10th November 2020, Kabambe’s attorneys T. F. & Partners wrote the first letter and Kabambe himself wrote another letter dated 8th January 2021.

However, despite the letter, government is still paying him salaries, a move that one labour relations expert said could be “a ploy by government that it wants to use this as an argument in court where Kabambe is suing for termination of his contract as RBM governor unceremoniously.”

Weekend Nation has also quoted RBM spokesperson at the time Onlie Nkuna that Kabambe’s contract at RBM entitles him to payment of salary and other benefits if fired on reasons that are not his own making.

In contrast, government opted to “redploy” Kabambe to Capitol Hill as Principal Secretary, forcing Kabambe to challenge the move at the Industrial Relations Court where he is also asking for his terminal benefits.

This according to political analysts is a trap set against Kabambe on his political path.

Kabambe is opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Presidential aspirant ahead of 2025 polls.

By user

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *