Malawi army soldiers demand their allowances, petition govt

Over 847 soldiers from the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) have lodged a complaint to government through MDF Commander General Ignacio Maulana on why their allowances amounting to K1.3 billion were deducted for no plausible explanation after they finished their peacekeeping sojourns mainly in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Soldiers demand their allowances

Fit and well: MDF soldiers

An internal memo dated June 4, 2015 indicates that the whole budget for the whole contingent was K 3 billion ( $ 6, 769, 224) but so far government has only remitted K1.7 billion ($ 3, 780, 515)

The memo, copied to all army units and signed by Lieutenant Colonel Gowa, shows that the soldiers were supposed to get $1332 monthly from August 2014 – February 2015 but have not done so since September, 2014.

After getting the whole $1332 amount in August, the soldiers then received only $574 in September and October. Thereafter, they got $1090 each for three months from November to January this year.

The memo strongly highlights that the Department of Peacekeeping Operations has been remitting insufficient funds for all these months and this has brought discord among the men and women in uniform who have served mostly in the Democratic of Congo (DRC)

Maulana recently appealed to President Peter Mutharika to help the Army address its many problems.

The MDF has been dogged by serious accommodation problems among others over the years and Nyasa Times reported before that President’s visit that junior ranked officers are demanding cash-strapped government to consider salary hikes of up to 70 percent for the soldiers to match with the rising cost of living.

The soldiers in a circulating mail are asking government to increase their allowance, improve their accommodation and transport facilities and enhance their promotion system and pensions.

When he visited Kamuzu Barracks in Lilongwe recently, Mutharika, who is also Commander-In-Chief of the MDF ,commended the military for its peace keeping missions and assured “Government’s continued support in ensuring the improved welfare of our men, and women in uniform.”

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28 thoughts on “Malawi army soldiers demand their allowances, petition govt”

  1. OGO!! says:

    Ayanmba kuday ndalama za United Nations….pa mbeee!! Peter Mutharika ndi anzake..all they think of is kuzilemeletsa!! All because some people even attempted to vote for them and they gave them the power to steal votes and run the country. I now believe that sitidziwa our capabilities as a nation..politicians should be held accountable…

  2. Jackson Mulera says:

    Typing….

  3. Gulugufe says:

    Disband the Malawi army!

  4. Odabwa says:

    Please- please -please give them their money as calculated,popanda chilungamo, zilinzonse kuomba, aaa? tired of this pa Malawi, ngati mukubera asilikali zoti zawo ndi zodziwikilatu nanga zithandozo zinazi zimaenda bwa? once more give them, ndizawo.

  5. Mathews makuteya says:

    Osadanda peter akupatsan

  6. Pali zpnyengelerana apa

  7. front says:

    MLAIYA SWITCH ON OSAGONA.

  8. Mwale says:

    How many people have been killed by MDF and how many by Malawi police you brute moron did Godfly Mwale killed by soldiers why you did not arrest them who saw them killing you brute lets lean establishing facts B4 concluding things the police have refuted that soldiers killed Mwale have you investigate the matter take care you brute

  9. Ya there is no issue here just give them all their money & don’t send troops to peacekeeping missions if Malawi is not in a position to foot all those bills. My poor thinking was that when a country send troops to a peacekeeping mission then the allowances come from UN???? Try to school me on this one. If the answer is yes then why the government is holding that money. The other thing is that when these soldiers get that money a big percentage will die with that money. So take care.

  10. frank kaponda says:

    Ngati ndizoona kuti ndarama zina aboma munawabera awa apatseni plz,

  11. Bulutu 1 says:

    The problem of givin illeterate(MBULI) people to comment.

    Cant some up todate doesnt knw what role does MDF provide in the country.

    Find out what they do and what allowances they are claming.MBULI ZA ANTHU.

  12. kape says:

    Dats very stupid tinagwira ntchito yowawa zosatheka tionetsana

  13. kkilembe says:

    Pay them their allowances. We should learn to respect what was earned. They dont have to beg what was legitimately theirs. These people put their lives on the line by going to the DC. But why areth soldiers half naked? Yu mean the army does not have vests for them to wear? Indeed, this can only happen in a failed state.

  14. ARICHO says:

    Muyiwale zomwe mwadyazo zakwana

  15. Vincent kammanya says:

    Dreamteam, Chembelanji, Sibusiso and others the article is clear. Allowances from UN not your tax. Read and understand before commenting. Ndinu aja munakanika kulowa Army eti. Mukhakira kumva pheini moyo wanu wonse. Vomelezani zinakuphonyani basi asiyeni ma soldier alandile zao. Muwamuziwa Jamil Mukuru inu. Funsani mudziwe.

  16. dapalapa says:

    These funds came from United Nations not Malawi government.
    Sodiers from other countries have recieved thier dues. why not from my country.
    ndalamazo ndizawo anagwilira ntchito… peace keeeping is very risky ena anavulala kumeneko ena kuphedwa. please apatseni ndalama zao.

  17. MBOBA says:

    APASENI ASILIKALI ZAWO

  18. arkmm says:

    allowances for killing Godfrey Mwale? what else do u morons do apart from terrorising innocent Malawians, killing some in the process like u did with Mwale?? honestly Malawi doesn’t need these so called soldiers, useless. just milking us our tax

  19. viyazi tembo says:

    DONT WASTE TAX PAYERS MONEY ON THIS USELESS SCHOOL DROPOUTS, THEY KNOW NOTHING BUT KILLING INNOCENT SOCCER FANS, LET THEM GO TO FIGHT TANZANIA TO DEFEND OUR LAKE THAN SHOWING STAMINA THAT CAN NOT HELP THE COUNTRY, RUBBISH………..

  20. Bullshit says:

    No 7, a lot of people have got azilonda even asana kumaneko ndiakuba in their territories. You dont have to have an enemy at your door step to start thinking of equipping yourself. Out of all countries in the world, how many have armies and how many are fighting at the moment? You silly bugger

  21. Kenkkk says:

    It is UN money, not govt money. Just give them what is due to them. The govt has no valid reason to withhold this money except for stealing or corruption purposes. The soldiers die for our country but in this case they don’t even die for Malawi but for some stupid self-made African conflicts elsewhere. Those lucky to come home alive should be given their full allowances they were entitled to receive, after all anapulumukila mukamwa mwa mbuzi. They could have been killed there.

  22. dreamteam says:

    DO WE REALLY NEED THE ARMY. CAN SOME ONE TELL ME WHAT EXACTLY THEY DO TO DESERVE FREE ACCOMODATION, A PAY INCREASE, THESE FAT ALLOWANCES. PLEASE DISBAND THE ARMY. THIS COUNTRY NEEDS POLICEMEN, NOT A USELESS ILLITERATE BUNCH OF PEOPLE WHO WE PAY TO SIT IDLE ALL THE TIME. NO WONDER ALL THEY DO IS TO HARASS INNOCENT CIVILIANS AND SPREAD HIV.

  23. Sibusiso Mugemezulu says:

    Don’t give them useless soldiers always killing innocent people.

  24. yooo says:

    Pls gvt pay them fast before………………..

  25. MDF Solder says:

    Ndalama mwatibera.

    Ndalama izi sizimachoka ku budget ya boma ayi, zimachoka ku budget ya United Nations peace keeping mission. Musaname kuti boma lilibe ndalama chifukwa ndalamazo zinabwera kale.

    Give us Money or else Muona za chilendo. Don’t enrich yourselves with our money. Kulemba memo sikupusa ayi, koma discipline.

    GIVE US OUR ALLOWANCES HONARABLE FOLKS.

  26. Chemberanji says:

    Ma allowance a chani anthu mungopha anthu ku mpira, landani nyanjayo ndiye tione kuti ndinu madolo mukungotha ndi edzi ndiye muziti ma allowance. Bullshit

  27. THE WISE ONE says:

    We have enough forex deserve talking about stolen money from our Soldiers? Eeeh!!!! This APM grandpa is not doing us any justice. Running our country in a Mafia Style. Just wait when the budget is passed and there are no salary increments immediately by July 1…..We are bringing u down to your Knees….

  28. bwangazi says:

    Inu ma soldier ndinu makape!!! Zoona asilikali ngati inu kumalemba memo complaining about ur upkeep!!! Very stupid !!! Tango pitani mukamuthile machaka bwapini ku state house!!! Ya pa thako panu!!!

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