Traditional authority (T/A) Mlolo of Nsanje is overstepping the mark by getting double pay as a traditional leader and a senior officer in the civil service.
The Nation has established that Mlolo is working as principal human resource management officer for the Office of the Ombudsman.
This means the traditional leader is drawing two salaries from government coffers, which is contrary to the Malawi Public Service Regulations.
Director of Chiefs in the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Lawrence Makonokaya, confirmed the development in an interview yesterday, but was quick to emphasise that government is working to rectify the anomaly.
Mlolo, whose real name is Ellena Chakuamba, confirmed holding on to her position in the civil service in spite of being installed chief in November 2016.
But she was quick to justify that she is not active in her role as a traditional leader.
She justified: “After installation, I asked my relative to act on my behalf. That’s why I am still working in the civil service.”
However, Makonokaya emphasised that the chief was in contravention of the law.
He said the Malawi Public Service Regulations stipulate that one is supposed to resign once he/she is appointed and/or installed chief.
This applies to civil servants vying for or elected as councilors, members of Parliament (MPs) and/or President.
“You can’t get two salaries from government. Apparently, you are supposed to resign from the civil service once you are appointed and installed chief,” he explained.
He also dismissed Mlolo’s justification, saying the law is clear on what the chief was supposed to do immediately she was appointed traditional leader.
Makonokaya confessed having knowledge about Mlolo drawing salaries from the same government by virtue of her being appointed and installed chief and clinging to a position at the Ombudsman.
“We are discussing that issue already,” he said.