By Joseph Milton Lebbie……………………………..
The Government of Sierra Leone is reported to have owed Paramount Chiefs and other Chiefdom workers four months in salary arrears, a situation that has not gone down well with them.
This information was revealed to the press by the Central Chiefdom Administrative Clerk (CCAC) of Moyamba District, Samuel Dugba during an exclusive interview in his office in Moyamba.
Dugba revealed that the Paramount Chiefs, Native Administration (PA) Police, Chiefdom Clerks and other NA workers are yet to receive their stipends and salaries since January to date.
He explained that the recent payment done was for the months of October, November and December, much to the disappointment of the Paramount Chiefs, NA Police, Clerks and other chiefdom workers who were expecting that government would do settle all their seven months outstanding salary arrears.
When contacted on mobile phone, the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Maya Moiwo Kaikai said that he was not aware of the outstanding payments but would find out why the delay in the payment.
He called on the Paramount Chiefs, Chiefdom Police, Chiefdom Clerks and other NA workers to show understanding as government is going through difficult times. The delay in the payment he said could not be unconnected to the ongoing austerity measures announced by the government.
The Minister pointed out that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had earlier warned that government should not pay Paramount Chiefs and other NA workers as they should collect enough revenue in the form of taxes to pay themselves but that President Koroma, in his magnanimity, suggested the payment of stipends to Paramount Chiefs, Chiefdom Clerks, Chiefdom Police and other NA workers.