CHRR faults ‘insesitive’ pay hike: Malawi MPs urged to reject salary increase

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has described the recent government’s move to hike President, Vice President, and Cabinet and MPs salaries as insensitive in view of the prevailing political and economic crisis.

Mtambo: Insesitive

Mtambo: Insesitive

CHRR executive director Timothy Mtambo indicated that the recent salary increments by the cabinet and parliamentarians are an insult and mockery to Malawians.

“The recent salary increments of the President, Vice President, Cabinet and MPs are an insult and mockery to Malawians who have time and again been made to believe by the same government that it has no money to cater for similar demands as is the case in the current judiciary saga and others.

“What we see is of a government that is not ready to walk the austerity talk which it is ironically forcing on all Malawians to embrace. Government is just being too insensitive with the current mess. The President and the cabinet seem to be living in their own world different from the rest of us” said outspoken Mtambo.

Mtambo added that the general public expectation was for the government to first solve the current economic turmoil before even start thinking of its own plight.

“The increments are unjustifiable and shows how hypocritical our government has become especially coming from the same government that is failing to live up to the public expectation as evident in its continued failure to resolve the current crisis. Why should we reward failure? “

Mtambo said Mutharika administration has a daunting task to first resolve the current mess including the salary increments demands by various stakeholders before even thinking about rewarding its ‘failure’.

“This only signals lack of transformational leadership in the current leadership, which is regrettable,” argued the CHRR boss.

The outspoken human rights activist further described the huge increments of parliamentarian’s salaries as a political tool to silence any critical voice from.

“At CHRR, we view the huge MPs increments as a mere political tool by the current regime to appease members of Parliament especially those in the opposition to shut up, and be sympathetic to the government in the midst of the current political and economic hardships rocking the country. It’s an attempt to silence their critical voice”.

Mtambo then called upon members of the parliament to rise up and reject such increments

“Our expectation is for the members of Parliament especially the opposition to rise up and reject such increments in the general interest of all Malawians, and also to reflect the current context.”

Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) secretary general Pontius Kalichero has also expressed worry with the development, saying it is unfair to all civil servants.

The activists have since called on the MPs and the opposition to rise up and reject such increments in the general interest of all Malawians and also to reflect the current context.

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32 thoughts on “CHRR faults ‘insesitive’ pay hike: Malawi MPs urged to reject salary increase”

  1. Jelbin mk says:

    Unfortunately the ones who pay taxes do not get such increases so that the public can benefit from them because the more they earn the more tax they pay and the more the general public benefit. I think we should start taxing these stupid manipulators starting from the president down to councillors because they are taking Malawians for a ride

  2. mlomwe wachitonga says:

    think of poor but hardworking Malawians otherwise God will punish you & you will finish like curtains.

  3. Ziri bwino o o… Naaabola moyo o…..when JZU was hard on gvt pple said he was bad. LC is soft he is bad too. You will solve it yourself

  4. Angozo says:

    A Mtambo ndiye ndinu a chitsirudi munthu wopanda nzeru garu wa keeeee weni weni. Ndimayesa ma MP womwewo ndi amene anachita propose za ma salary ndiye ukuganiza kuti akana bwanji. Kumafunsa a chitsiru inu osamangoyankhula ngati woduka mutu, the president has nothing to do with salaries he can not fight and shoot down the demand of 193 plus people or ukanakhala iweyo ukanatani garu iwe.

  5. Jimmy says:

    I think Peter is playing with Malawians,what i see now is realy shocking,he is trying to silence everybody in his government(mps & ministers,) Chakwera will do nothing bcz he is also part of the weak opposition being bought with public funds.My request to all Civil Servants is to down tools until this mess is soughted out.Peter must go if we want to see Malawi being mentioned again otherwise this country will be a desert soon.

  6. Sibweni says:

    How can a poor MP of Malawi reject such increament. U r just wasting donors’ fund for nothing & u are getting a huge sum every year without being audited. Shut up ur mouth Mtambo.

  7. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    The president should not bluff Malawians. He was and is all in support of this selfish mess by Malawian pigs (mps) and malpractitioners (ministers). Indeed he is buying their support as he did with journalists. He is also indirectly milking the nation in allowances and benefits. They all have nothing to do with the well being of this nation. If things are not affordable for them, what more with the civil servant, the rural poor, the poor urban dweller, the jobless? They just want to swim in luxuries, buy expensive cars and build huge houses. Non-God fearing people, no love for their country.

  8. Nyasa says:

    How can they reject while they are the same people who approved it? Do you really think? Or you want to paint them white? Ask Kabwira or Chakwera they will tell you they passed the budget knowing that they have something in it. Ma CSOs reps aku Malawi please think. Use your head and not your ….

  9. Mhesha says:

    Mtambo…you get hefty donor funds in the common trust of serving the vulnerable Malawians against having their rights violated amongst other objectives. But why you only give jobs to fellow Tumbukas from the North ? Why u do not subject your organisation to audit? Why u don’t declare your perks to the same public u claim to represent? You are the number hypocrite more than APM u always accuse day in day out.

  10. dadaboma says:

    If MPs accept their new, heavily risen pay, then all of us civil servants must down our tools and ask for pay hikes by the same magnitude. This govt has money but it’s simply insensitive to people’s plight. Instead of increasing pay for people who have been on strike for long and those who threaten to also go on strike the govt is increasing perks highly for themselves and MPs. What an insult! Guys we told you not to vote for these DPP thugs. Why didn’t you listen? Look now! You’re all imbeciles that voted for DPP.

  11. apao says:

    Dpp is not biga Dan Malawi, tionesana zibwanazo zitha

  12. Fathi Alshab says:

    This id madnesd…Apm cant see where we are going &kupyatila nchira yet there is danger…
    komstu zinaxi a Mslawi talekerera too much cso only toungue wanging try revotionalize minds…infact we shoulf right each and every Mp in mle our grivainces…cso get ud address emails all Mp we will write them hope the Computer literate… or lets use national assembly channel kumeko amalandira mail kuli secratariat.
    Anthuwa ndi athu nfiye tisalekelera including Apm ……awuzidwe infact this mudt be priotity #1 followed by Fedulo!!

  13. Clueless leadership says:

    kkkkk he has bowed down.
    CHRR 1 – Gouvernment 0

  14. mmalawi says:

    MTAMBO can you come out openly and tell the nation your salaries at CHRR? since you have asked opposition to reject the salary hike lets wait and see zomwe achite. stop this noise pliz

  15. Chembwiye says:

    How do you ask them to rise up and rejected something they silently approved without even mentioning it to the people! They have already received it with October arrears and what do you say now! Inu a Mtambo,you can’t say the government is trying to silence the opposition here. Those with integrity can’t be silenced with money. The fact is that our politicians are all greedy. Why didn’t they shoot the proposal down? Your advice makes no sense at all. Anthuwa adalowa ndale kudzathetsa umphawi wawo not kufuna kuthandiza a Malawi… What do you expect of them?

  16. Justice kapito says:

    God help us

  17. ndizomwe munkafuna kupita ku macourt kuti bwampini wanuyi amuwinitse.nawo ma judge ndi makape salary yawo kuchita kuipangira strike pomwe mkuluyo munamuwinitsa nokha. mixiiiiiiii

  18. Alufeyo says:

    Stupid CSOs how much do you get from these stupid guĺlible donors. Point of correction there is no political crisis in Malawi unless you are living somewhere. Why should MPs reject the salaries? Who even among you so called activists sympathises with the poor in this country? Stupid just shut up.

  19. Moya says:

    Please investigate if they will be paid in arrears by saying they have suspended their salary hike they shouldn’t pull wool over our faces. How did they even approve the increment in the first place?

  20. m'bantu says:

    Every mp belongs to a parliament comitee just to be having useless mtngs for allowances and then more than 100%pay hike? what a gvt!

  21. Victim says:

    We have more tears to shed

  22. HENDRIX says:


  23. Nenazako says:

    Koma zoona, I don’t believe this. So if the others are striking how are you going to stop them and justify this. Too bad our leaders have no conscience

  24. Nobel says:

    Things are not adding up here. Imagine, when was the budget passed that govt could say it is in line with the budget? Why revealing today that their salaries were hiked? I think most of you do remember that few months ago the same issue was brought out where it was alleged that ministers proposed for salary hike but the govt shot it down. Just after this, govt fired its acting OPC secretary ( the one who succeeded Mrs. Hawa Ndilowe) in retaliation to the salary increments proposals. Isnt this a ploy to portray that the govt has no money to convince the striking judiciary staff? Lets wait and see.

  25. Masauko says:

    Bongu n Peter are from same blood but different judgements.Bingu had passion for the nation and this is why most Malawians opted for the young brother.Now our expectations are shuttered.In only 7 months he has started nourishing himself what about when he clocks 14.21,28 months etc? May Almighty God intervene.

  26. Umbava wayamba kale says:

    Tiziwakuntha akabwera mumakomomu. Azipanga mantha kuchita zautsiru. Nthawi ya Bingu anthu anakwiyapo ndikuapitira ku Parliament alikonko, ndipo anasintha. Ma MP aku Malawi anasintha malamulo angapo monga yowaitanitsa, yamafumu kuti azipanga zimene akufuna. Lets boko haramu them. Palibe njira yina. AMalawi tizachangamuka liti?

  27. mabodza says:

    kodi a mtambo how much is your salary? Show us your payslip

  28. Sidix says:

    APM is a proffessor.He knows what he is doing. U cannot understand him bcoz U have never been like him.Muona ayisova!Pano boma likuyenda bwino kwambiri kusiyana ndipomwe panali muzimayi wa mandazi uja.Mwachitsadzo Sugar anli pa K750/packet nthawi ya a Bingu,mu 2011,nthawi ya PP anatsitsa mzimayi wa mandatsi mpaka K400/packet komwe kuli kubwedzera chuma mmbuyo. Pano tifuna adutse K750/packet chifukwa chuma chikukwera, chisamabwerere mmbuyo.
    APM sanadwarepo misala, ndiye akudziwa zomwe akuchita.

  29. petulo says:

    Please could ALL CSOs reveal their pay packages so that they can share with Malawians kodi amadya mitanda zingati per meal?? Is it austerity nsima or is it like mitanda zinayi like APM and the cabinet and the MPs. is it austerity kuphakaration??

  30. Nyaliki says:

    This country has gone to the dogs. And why should parliament approve their own salaries. We need checks and balances.

  31. MAGOLA says:

    MAYO 00000 !! MAYO OOOO !!
    MAYO 0000!!! MAYO 000 !!!


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