By Dorica Mtenje

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Office of Ombudsman has disclosed that is owing landlord MK73 million in rentals following government’s delay to make the payment.

This was made known on Tuesday after official from the office appeared before Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the misrepresentation of fills.

Ombudsman Grace Malera

Ombudsman Grace Malera mentioned that currently, government has allocated land for their office which they expect to do away with rental issues for good.

Malera said the rental bill yet to be paid was initially at 120 million before government settled 40 million and currently, the remaining balance is 70 million.

She has called upon donors who can help in settling the bill to come in while the public body is waiting for government to come with along term solution.

In his remarks ,PAC Chairperson ,Shadrek Namalomba said rentals is a budgeting issue and a committee will reason with the authorities to pay rentals.

Namalomba said the Committee sympathizes with the Ombudsman and it will try to lobby for their funds in the August house.

He has urged the office of Ombudsman to be responsible in filling the reports as it a very important office that deals with people’s grievances.

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