By Ombudsman

Friday April 21, 2023 will remain a memorable day for Bridget and Ellen Linje who finally got their father’s death gratuity, 16 years after he passed on.

The late Lyton Linje who worked as a primary school teacher at the time was survived by wife Edith and the two daughters who were 7 and 4 respectively.

Before her death in 2008 Edith accessed her share leaving the children’s benefits in the care of Mangochi District Council, since they were still minors.

Five years later however, it was discovered by the deceased’s sister Fanny Sumani that the children’s benefits were collected by an unknown person forcing her to lodge a complaint with the Office of the Ombudsman.

In December, 2022, Honorable Ombudsman Grace Malera issued a determination in favor of the girls, directing the Mangochi district council to pay them their benefits at the current rate which the council complied with last week.

On Friday Ombudsman Malera handed over the cheques to Ellen and Bridget who are now 23 and 20 respectively, with advice to put the money to good use.

“We commend the Mangochi District Council for complying with the determination speedily. Justice has won. It is good to see impact of the work that we do especially when justice is delivered to the vulnerable and the voiceless,” she said.

Sumani and Ellen separately thanked the Office of the Ombudsman for coming to their rescue and encouraged Malawians whose rights have been violated by public institutions to channel their complaints to the office.

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