The government has stopped the process of paying terminal benefits to former Malawi Young Pioneers (MYP) pending the revision of the whole process.
Disclosing the new development to Capital FM, Secretary to the Treasury Ben Botolo the move has been made following a number of emerging issues.
He added that the challenge facing the government is the proof that some of the claimants were indeed members of the MYP.
“The problem at the moment is that some of the people are failing to give proof that they were indeed MYP officers. This is supposed to be the first step taken.
“At the same time there are also other dimensions concerning those who were victimised by the same officers, as they are demanding compensation. We cannot compensate the entire country because the MYP victimised almost everyone, Botolo said.
He also cited revelations that the former MYP Officers had in fact already received their dues between 1993 and 1994.
The former MYP officers have been demanding over MK2.6 billion as terminal benefits to be shared among 2,700 officers.
They held demonstrations in July this year hoping to push authorities to pay them.
For over two months now they have been holding camping outside Capital Hill offices in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe.
Who Were The MYP Officers?
The Malawi Young Pioneers were the paramilitary wing of the Malawi Congress Party. Their Commander in Chief was President Hastings Kamuzu Banda.
They originally were supposed to function as a national youth service program with a development agenda.
However over time, they strayed away from this agenda and became an intricate network of espionage and terror.
The Young Pioneers were a major instrument for the operationalisation of Dr Banda's one party state dictatorship and domestic terrorism.
Pioneers bore arms, conducted espionage and intelligence operations, and were Banda's most trusted bodyguards around Hastings Kamuzu Banda.
Both the Malawi Army and Police resented the Pioneers for usurping their roles as security agents.