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June 14, 2021
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Western Highlands Province Council Allowances Delays into third year

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Local Level Government President for Mt Giluwe, Michael Mai, has raised concern on the delay in the payment of allowances to ward councilors.

Mai said the delay has affected Councilor and LLG meetings.

He said this recently at the funeral service of a village Chief and Councilor in Tambul-Nebilyer electorate.

Michael Mai, who is also the deputy Governor of Western Highlands Province, said his council members have been without pay for three consecutive years.

He said ward Councilors were advised by the National Government to open bank accounts so that they can receive their allowances, but to date, they are still visiting ATM machines to check their money.

Mai and his LLG committees on Tuesday brought the body of one of their colleagues, Late Councilor, Gordon Keruwa, to his home village near Tambul Station.

The Committee explained to the grieving families that the Local Level Government is not funded, and has no money to compensate Late Kerowa’s hard work to the community.

Mai told the grieving families that Councilors work tirelessly with no allowance.

He said the proposed K500, 000 for LLG’s and K10, 000 for Ward Councilors are just policies.

He questioned when it will be implemented.

Mai said the delay is the biggest set back by the National Government to the three tier government.

Less than eight months remain for the next Council election and Mai said the National Government needs to address this issue on the floor of parliament.

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