Former chief executive officer for the Lilongwe City Council, Kelvin Mmangisa is claiming a staggering  K56 million from the cash-strapped Lilongwe City Council in arrears from July 2012 to October 2013 a period he was arrested for allegedly  pocketing K30 million in illegal benefits between 2009 and 2012.

Mmangisa was accused of drawing almost K600, 000 in extra allowances on top of his consolidated monthly allowance of K627, 015.00 since he was appointed as the city chief in 2009 by late President Bingu wa Mutharika.

He was among other things accused of getting benefits which were not contained in his contract and also pocketing allowances for a trip to Italy which did not take place.

Among the self-allocated monthly benefits were, K100,000.00 as a house allowance, K50,000 for hospitality, K  60,000.00 for utility, K  45,000.00  for security, K100,000.00  for cell phone K  20,000.00airtime,  K 20,000.00 for landline,  K252,000.00 for 100 litres of fuel,  K 20,000.00 for a cook and K20, 000 for a gardener.

The case has since been discontinued.

The claim form shows that Mmangisa is demanding the arrears for his salary, leave grants, hospitality, utilities, cellphone and ground phone airtime, residents, gardener and cook. The claim form puts the total amount of his monthly salaries arrears, at K9, 759,624.78.

Officials at the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Mmangisa also wanted reimbursements on legal fees amounting to K3, 426, 355. 00.

As this is not enough, in a letter reference number, LG/PF/A/171//25, signed by a Mr HR Chimota, the ministry is demanding the city council to pay Mmangisa a whooping K14, 481, 955. 00 , for giving no reason of discontinuing the case.

According to documents the city council has already paid Mmangisa K29, 714, 566, almost over half of his total claims.

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