Malawi Defence Force want pay rise: Mutharika to address soldiers

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) junior ranked officers are demanding cash-strapped government to consider salary hikes of up to 70 percent for the  solider to match with the rising cost of living.

President Mutharika inpsecting a guard of honour mounted by Malawi Defence Force

President Mutharika inpsecting a guard of honour mounted by Malawi Defence Force

In a letter seen by Nyasa Times, soldiers are asking government to increase their allowance, improve their accommodation and transport facilities and enhance their promotion system and pensions.

“We are looking at salary adjustments of up to 70 percent, including allowances to be awarded to some ranks,” reads the letter the soldiers are circulating in barracks.

Meanwhile, President Peter Mutharika will on Thursday June 4 address soldiers at Kamuzu Barracks in Lilongwe and their families.

According to Presidential Press Secretary Gerald Viola, Mutharika will tour the barracks in the  morning before addressing the men and women in camouflage.

Viola said Mutharika’s visit to Kamuzu Barracks is a “routine tour” which the President, as Commander-In-Chief of the Malawi Defence Force can undertake at any given time.

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91 thoughts on “Malawi Defence Force want pay rise: Mutharika to address soldiers”

  1. Obama says:

    Malipilo achani nanu inu,ntchito kupha anthu osalakwa,okhalanso amdziko lanu,alibenso zida,kuma kuwamenya basi,makutu anu asilikali nonse,simunganditibulenso.

  2. CB says:

    kodi salary amkati tizidzalandira ija ilikuti ? coz tikulandirabe chenji cha JB chomwechija,,,bwana chilima mulipo kodi ?

  3. mkuruzinza says:

    My advise to you Malawians, awa okha awa, Army, Police these people work tirelessly. The fact that there isnt war doesnt mean they should b underpaid. Take it for granted, you will see what I saw. Ngati mdziko muli mtendere ndiye kuti chotetezo chiribwino. Vuto ndiloti MDF, POLICE, PRISONS,IMMIG ambiri simudziwa momwe qgwirira ncthito zawo,
    anaphunzitsudwa descipline yoti asamalankhule zinthu mwachi civillian, thats why sapanga strike ngati enanu. Atati apange mungathe kuona ngondo TZ ikulanda nyanja mosaopanso, “Polisi ‘ kuba koopysa, akhonza kusiya kumanga akuba. Prison idzanhotseka ndende plus kutulusa anyapala onse kuti muthane nawo.
    IMMIG
    awa ndiye adzangotsehula zipata zonse ma brundi nigerians, somalians Itopians azankhala bwrrekete ena nkumanha ma shop ndi mu state momwe

  4. I don’t think that it’s only the millitary that needs the money, all the civil servants across the board need the money.

  5. Balamanthu says:

    What is the productivity rate of our armed forces to demand such a raise in pay?Show us what you produce and how many enemies you have defeated in the last two years, then we, as tax payers, will authorize APM to give you an increment.

  6. Sydney says:

    Govt shud really revise pay hike on junior in govt service

  7. Mlauzi says:

    Much as some people may argue that the increase is unjustifiable, there is really no need to demean our officers and men. The fact that we have remained at peace for + 50 years is attributable to them. Issues of national security are extremely sensitive in nature and people must discuss such issues with sobriety and caution.

    All these calls for increments are coming up because things are extremely expensive in the country now. With the looming hunger and after the closure of the tobacco season things are only going to get worse as we approach the lean season. Two course of action are available for the government here:-

    1. Award a modest increase to all govt workers – not the 70% being asked for here
    2. Balance macro economical fundamentals , create employment and boost production, reducing imports and increasing exports.

  8. Problem with Malawi is not about demanding for pay rise but discripancies and salary gaps. Imagine PS receive over a million whilst lowest gets less than 50000 yo be respectiful. middle men get around K 200000 which is an insult. So soldiers are expressing those discripancies.

  9. A MPINGO says:

    Malonjezo anadulitsa mutu
    Wa yohane

    Tiye nazoni tikukuwonani

  10. satopa says:

    Chotsani ndalama ku subsidy yopanda phindu mutininkhe ife 70%!!! Palibenso zokambirana apa ayi

  11. Mavuto Pwiya~pwiya says:

    Boma liyenera kuwonjeza ma civil servants onse ma percent abwino. Boma Likhala ndi ndalama zochuluka kwa mbiri kuzera ku DRTSS pafupifupi aliyense kaya Driver, Company, Alindi Galimoto Wa Bizinesi Achite Register Of Entity K5,000. 00 kuti achite transaction pa Bizinesi imene akufuna kuchita.

  12. KACHAMBA says:

    All civo servants should be given the same

  13. Moya says:

    Mariana with all due respect. The issue here is about salary increments to match cost of living. Nothing has been said on their budget allocations which I believe help in the good causes which you have very well narrated.

    It’s about time the workers took control of the conditions. viva capitalism.

  14. CHILOMONI TOWNSHIP says:

    Pa Nyasalande ndalama zilipo, look at senzanis house in lilongwe, Mphwiyos in area 43, kasambaras elsewhere, kufuna kuphana mkati cos of government money, Lutepos 4 billion etc. Nde mudziti givt has no money? NO WAY! Give them, i mean all civil servants shud get what they want. Tisanamizanepo apa ayi, boma lili nazo ndalama nanga anthu amene akubawa akuzitenga thumba lake liti?

    Soldiers, move on and demand more to fight for the others like us.

  15. Mfana says:

    Amenewatu ngakhale amapanga retire asanamenye nkhondo, nkhondo nkukhala ife abale wawo, alandire basi. Ndalama mmalawi muno zilipo, ngati Lutepo amakwanitsa kutulutsa 4 billion munthu mmodzi nde kuti ndalama palibe? Ma civil servants onse apatsidwe 70 %. Friday Jumbe wadya kale 8 million ali pakhomo, nde awa musawauze za mbwelera!

    NDALAMA ZILIPO PA MALAWI, KUNGOFUNIKA TIMING BASI.

  16. nYAU SITHOBWA says:

    Remember our DPP Govt promised us the following things-1 Munthu asalandile Change-2Malata ,cement no choice pple will buy @ cheaper price -3 MASM TO OUR CIVIL SERVANTS
    tHIS IS NOW THE BEGNNING OUR PROMISES FROM Military -POLICE -Capitall hill wo wooooooooooooo

  17. Steve says:

    Ndiye Goodall aziti ma public servants asaonjezere kuopa government bankruptcy!! Chamba? chani? Is is an offense to be a public servant? Kapena vutoli ndi lawo lokha? The fact that they are many should also echo highly that they deserve better living. Akayankhula a ku ACB, Court, MRA etc nde kuwaonjezera coz they arent many??? That’s a very myopic and lame excuse and of course daylight robbery!! Everybody needs a comfortable life, fullstop. Apolisi ndi awawa amtchire’wa apatseninso ndalama zoonjezera coz ena akumapatsidwa akapempha, otherwise it’s being out of order to deny them so.

  18. malawi wanga wataika says:

    poti ndasilikali nde kupita iweyo koma akakhara aphunzitsi ayi ndithu or nduna osapita.ps yekha basi..nanu a polisi mukhaura kugona kwambiri..mudyadi tear gas..nanga mutani?kapena kuba kuja mupitilizatu

  19. mariana says:

    words of wisdom, ” It is better to keep quiet and be suspected for a fool other than speak out your mind and clear all the doubt.” I think most of you commenting have little knowledge of the role of MDF in this country. It spurns from health services. The MDF camp hospitals carter for more civilians than soldiers across the country. Ask MOH and you little brains will be enlightened. Have you already forgotten about the floods? The bridges etc. Peace keeping missions bring a lot of forex to the country. Ask the govt. I hope this will help to clear your ignorance

  20. Chetechete Sautsa Nyama says:

    za polisi anaimba Mkasa, Kungoti Polisiyo tulo nanga afuna awayankhulilire ndi ndani ngati iwo alibe pakamwa. aswaonjezere chifukwa iwowo sayankhula ndekuti zimawakwana

  21. Ndatero ine says:

    Awa nde kutenthedwa nao mamawa omwe mwapita ife abusiness misokho thoo
    Maziphunzisi tulo
    Apolisi ndiye mudya tear gas wanuyo
    Tiyenazoni

  22. Raymond Chikoko says:

    govt has no money,go to hell you MDF soldiers after all you are doing nothing apart from eating,DPP woyeeee long live APM

  23. mpwaluwa says:

    all ministries and departments need a huge payrise. ndye akamati increament ichitika december akufuna ma peanuts a salary-wa tifike nao december? akatero adzaike 7% increament……..i can sense multiple strikes ahead. cry my bloved nyasaland

  24. xxxx says:

    It is true that these people do not do anything at all. Their contrutions in Malawi is minimal. Posssibly the government of Malawi must agree with other countries and lent our soldiers there at a high fee like Nigeria can have our soldiers to fight bokoharam at fee other than kumangoothera dzuwa tsiku ndi tsiku ngati munthu wa mai.Mwamuna saothera dzuwa ayi. Koma atsirikali a pa Chichiri camps mmene amaliotheramo, umapeza atsirika 20 to 30 akungocheza mu mumpanda wao , misana ili kudzuwa pa camp yawoyo.

    We have our soldiers here at Chichiri Camp. They dont do anything apart from drying themselves in the sun, the whole day and beating mare civilians with their guns. Useless soldiers. Do not give them increment unless they agree that they should be given some duties like maintenance of roads in Malawi.INDE AZIKALIMA MISEWU AMENEWA.

  25. THE WISE ONE says:

    With all due respect all workers that tap their salaries from account number one need their salaries adjusted upwards without arguing. But some sectors may be prioritized I.e. The health professionals are covering the shortage of 15,000 personnel around that….the teachers….also…

  26. kWAPYA TONORA SUDZIWA MTIMA WA FIRE !!!

    MTOKOTO UKULUNJIKA KU PRISON + POLICE

    Maphunzitsi ingoti pheee, Pay slip isuntha iyi

  27. magaula says:

    kodi nanga apolisi mukugona tulo?mesa mumalandira nsonga ya kwacha inu

  28. SAPITWA says:

    mr president pls apatseni ndalama basi.

  29. mboyonga says:

    Yesu anati muzikhutila ndi malipiro anu mwaiwala eti

  30. Komatu osamangoti 70’/. Percent ngati muli ndi experiance,ndiyamba kaye ndakuunikani ndi mmaso momwe .Ngati wina ndimuone nyemba mkati ndidzamunyenyanyenya.

  31. Maria says:

    Bettet give that to police we see them working…

  32. Zanga Phee! says:

    Why so quick response to this request unlike teachers? their out cray has been there for months? no! no! Sir you have to unify these concerns they are all human,i think it has to be a whistle stop starting from CSO’s , TUM then on your way to barracks.See my name

  33. Chendawaka says:

    70% for Guard of honor……… Really?

  34. Shy says:

    For doing what? For staying in your houses and eating our free meals. To hell with all of you. War with Tanzania, you cannot fight.

  35. Gasten says:

    Mr Presdent Increse The Salary, But Dont Just Look At One Side.Doctors & Teachers They Demand Too!

  36. Chimani. Game says:

    Get him akalowakumpanda,Kabila,style

  37. Chief says:

    mukayambe mwamenya nkhondo kaye ndi tanzania uko.

  38. Bick says:

    If Mr president allows this it means he is scared of MDF

  39. Eliam b says:

    Chamba eti. Salary increment ndi makoswe inu nomwe? Mmagwira ntchito yanji to deserve that increment. Fotseki aChule inu.

  40. abale samalani says:

    I can see that mutharika is really inpsecting guard of houne

  41. NGONGOLIWA says:

    NDIKWEZA MASO ANGA KWA MBWIYE CHRIS CHISONI NDI KACHAMBA ANTHU OZAMA NDI IKONONIKISI PA MALAWI PANO. TIMVE ATI BWANJI AKABANTHIRA AMENEWA, NDIKHULUPILIRA ALETSANSA NYASI ZIMENEZI KUTU BHOMA LILIJE MPAMBA.

  42. nambewe says:

    kunena kuti asilikari sapita ku frontline ndi umbuli chabe. Masiku ano ku DRC kumakhala kuomberana ndithu koma sangamalengeze chilichonse. Nthawi ya ma floods a MDF anatenga gawo lalikulu. Kumanga milatho, kugawa zakudya etc. Anthuwa ndi ofunikira mdziko ndithu.

  43. wiseman from the east says:

    it seems the issue has been welcomed with mixed reactions from the general public and this is undisputed fact taking it from the responses that have been sourced in this section. first of all i wish we could be well taught the duties of MDF because it seems most of us we are not well knowledgeable about this. from the comment gotten from one of the participant on this issue it seems there are several misconceptions that needs to be ironed out through civic education on the duties of MDF since we are taking the issue personally. lets look at the matter not through the political lens but rather through justice point of view. there is nothing wrong with asking salary increment in as far as workers rights are concerned and as the rest of the workers they are just doing that to improve their welfare as what others people were doing previously so you mean this is not true or unjustifiable just because its from the MDF? no this wrong, incorrect, illogical and malafides. secondly, i find it unsound to deny them that right because they “have never be at battlefield” the question might be what do you mean by saying that? you want them to be at the battle field? i thought they have been on good position when it comes to peace keeping issues? or you mean you wish you could see the performing in the battle right in your country? from the premises that i got you saw no importance in the MDF just because you have never seen how they perform in the battlefiled which is very unfortunate and indeed worrisome. there is clear distinction between the duties of MDF and other sectors or bodies of defence whereby others looks at the internal security while MDF looks at the other side of security so dont wholly look at them as useless body for is is very useful since its very hard to deal with internal security in isolation of external one since these two work hand in hand no antagonism involved. other point was that they are already well paid hence invalid reasons to ask for the increment, again i find it very funny and illogical as matter of fact its fallacy since there is no where it has been written that if you are well paid then you dont have to ask for increment, in reality are we serious that they are well paid? may you clarify what is your point of reference? lastly, i urge all participants of this section to be responsible in their reaction i mean the use of wrong words you know we dont solve problems by expressing anger in fact you dont scare people by your wrinkled face but rather what you say if and only there is sense in what you are saying….this is our country which is a well known as God fearing hence lets be responsible since the page is read by several people so its very unfortunate for one to read those things its better you leave nothing for the public and be kayaking around> thanks so much God bless

  44. NYAOPE says:

    Amene mukuti ma soldier wa amagwira ntchito yake itiyo, simukudziwa zomwe mukutokota. Anthuwa akugwira ntchito yotamandika, inu simungayione sinanga muli mkati kale mwachitetezo chawo,thats why simukuona adani adziko lathu akuyishosha , chifukwa amayiopa army yathuyi. Tangofunsani neighbour pa mpoto pompa apa, sangayiyambe dala,akudziwa bwino.

  45. ganja man says:

    Soldiers they must have for what they do ask because of this people there our most importantly in our lives an even police they must have increase from there saraly after that the government must think about people around Malawi and education because of the school is falling down too much imagin some one he or she finish school they do not spik English they don’t know how to speak English a form 4/ in fact in villages it’s too much an companys people they get small wage’s pilizi til abauti dis sir peter we need change try best for u on kind

  46. Bulutu 1 says:

    Akuchipani{CADETS) dont take anything into politics,r u telling me that MDF sikugwira ntchito malawi muno.

    do u want to tel me that the president is going there to tel them ur are not waking.

    Ok,self guarding territorial and threats from outside ukupanga ndi ntembo wa bingu?

    fufuzani,muxiwe ximene a MDF ntchito akugwila

  47. thinktankmalawi says:

    Kodi “playing With fire ” n diye kuti chani? These are govt employees like anybody else entrusted with the job of protecting the country from outside enemies.There is this perception that government should tremble just because they are soldiers…that’s overratingg them….do they deserve a raise? Yes but just like any civil servant especially juniors..

  48. Makwasa says:

    Never been to the front line yet demanding 70% increase????? Too timid for a coup de ta you good for nothing soldierrs.

  49. chatonda says:

    The gpvernment should increase salaries to all civil servants and not the security guards in question only. Every body needs money and that if government increases salaries for the guards in question, it will invite trouble form all the civil servants because they need increments too.

  50. Vincent kammanya says:

    Ubwino wa thako umaoneka likakhala ndi chotupa

  51. jay says:

    I feel sorry when we talk badly on our men because I don’t remember ma floods atativuta we civilians helped in rescuing our fellows but they where the same soldier who rescued yo relatives..what work do you want? to operate as tellers in banks? it’s worth it bravo MDF

  52. BigMan says:

    So what?

  53. Chonde aojezereni atha kulanda bomatu awo

  54. straight Talk says:

    Aaaah look now a Gerald viola ndi article yanu kuti chuma chikuyenda bwino. Ife takuuzani kuti palibe chimene chikuoneka pa ground kuti chuma chikuyendetsedwa bwino. Tiyeni naye akangoyerekeza kukweza malipiro anu a tsilikali Ifenso a police, akukhothi, a ku chipatalako, ku MRA utimvanso

  55. vendor says:

    Nawonso ndi anthu pay rise is ideal

  56. Karonga Boy says:

    Mukawamonjezera Nafenso Tonse Am’boma Mutiwonjezere Ndi Ma Percentage Omwewo!

  57. toy b wakungodzi james says:

    Hhhhhhhh what ashame,ashame we are hear.give back the money with asign of lion head!!!!kkkkkkkkkkk muzalipira 1million per head pamtumbo pawo.Adamenyapo nkhondo chiyambireni usilikali wawowo akumachende amenewa.mwawuze andisamale ndazendewera machende.olo atasiya usulikaliwo kulinkhondo kwanthu kuno? Mabatile wawo mukandiwuzire

  58. White Rabbit says:

    Small boy peter!

    Mark my words, you should have NEVER arrested Odillo…THAT was a BIG misstake.

    But, it seems, as your brother, you like making misstakes.

    Odillo will end up at your funeral.

  59. White Rabbit says:

    Odillo…thank you.

    And…small boy peter…thank you too…for arresting Odillo.

    You will join your brother sooner than you think.

    Mark my words!

  60. chivwamba says:

    A pitala muona chaka chake nchino. Mkumanga ma gemeral amene ma soldier amawakonda. Tikuonerani

  61. Kampalapata says:

    Atleast these soldiers should from now on be engaged in friendly wars that will be organised between the respective barracks.

  62. sereman says:

    Kkkkkkkkkkkk kma ziliko

  63. Jojo says:

    The disaster is simmering

  64. steven says:

    Nazo nkhani,YES.

  65. Jojo says:

    The request is genuine but issues to do with the military may not leak to the media like this pilizi chonde. Is it a way of putting on the Commander in Chief to accent the hike? That is not right.

  66. Bamboo says:

    So what system is used for promotion for an army that never goes to the battle front? As for pension the soldiers already enjoy a better package than the rest of the Civil Service so what else do they want? CSTU please keep close watch on this development.

  67. Kkkkkkk ine nanenso sindinamveko zonga izi NDE tiona mene zithere

  68. tumbwiza says:

    Ngati mudalitse mdf mudalitsenso police nawo akhuphula njerwa ku iguputo ndithu .

  69. Vimbokori says:

    Pay rise yokachindira mahule apumbwa amenewo. Ndibwino ndalama boma lipereke kwa Mwale yemwe makapewa ankafuna kumupha who is battling with life in hospital. Amagwira ntchito yanji anamachende amenewa

  70. Captain says:

    Food for thought. You can not prosecute a fellow soldier you govt of Peter, you will realise what this means. Leave Odillo alone. You will pay dearly

  71. Hans Mike says:

    Army iliyonse sikondedwa ndi anthu amdziko mwawo.M civilian ndi m civilian basi.Alayiyaaaaaaaaaaa.

  72. tumbwiza says:

    Ngati mudalitse mdf mudalitsetso police nawo akhuphula njerwa ku iguputo ndithu .

  73. dwambazi says:

    Things must be really bad. Never in the history of Malawi have soldiers/policemen asked for a pay raise! they are the most dormant of all civil servants in Malawi. Sign of the times!

  74. Yemwe uja says:

    We all need salary increments, but 70% for smoking chamba and harassing citizens? these good for nothing rats

  75. Amos osmund majozi says:

    The prez is praying with fire;> just give them their money

  76. dog style ndi kawawa says:

    pay rise for what work? tanena kuti anthu awa apangidwe attach ku police kuti nawo azigwirako ntchito

  77. johnM says:

    mayesa amapita ku DRC, vuto lawo ndi litiso akantunde amenewa?

  78. Getu Petulo Trivia Salanje says:

    Chaka cha ma strike chino. Munya muwona. Munaba zisankho munya muwona.

  79. bikiton says:

    Zamkutu basis ntchito take it?

  80. Ukaziputa limba nazo!,

  81. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    That’s what DPP was promising the citizens that there will be no more receiving changes as saralies but real money. That is why the nation elected DPP because of high pay. You now solve it.

  82. ujeni says:

    Ndizimenezotu, it is raining cats and dogs for Peter Mutharika, show us your leadership skill, you wanted the presidency so badly.

  83. legal department says:

    I see another graffiti painting ceremony coming up. ” Peter Wa Mutharika was here” all the way to Kamuzu barracks. Viola tell Peter that he might as well go ku Air wing to visit the site where his big brother took his last flight out of the country dead or alive…. maybe he can paint another graffiti on the tarmac at air wing as well. Lol.

  84. matako m'mwamba says:

    Kkkkk Nyapapi ulendo basi. Ever since I have never heard these people called soldiers demanding pay rise. Anoyther cardiac is coming. I can see another president collapse and rushed to hospital, Prophet TB Joshua prophesized. Apm ? Mugabe? Obama?mmm…………………Let wait n see

  85. Sakhareya says:

    Yea….soldiers are but human and feel the pinch too…..listen to them before you bedevul them…

  86. Yituwa Mphande says:

    The beginning of tough times,as this chapter starter

  87. Honest says:

    Nde mwati amagwira ntchito yanji mpaka 70%???

  88. Namatchaitsa says:

    Ingosiyana apumbwa inu! Ntchito yomwe mumagwira inu ndiye iti?

    Mxiiii!

  89. visit says:

    He is willing to go to the army but not to the Parliament. What upside down priorities.
    When soldiers start demanding money, then things are not fine. This stolen govt will collapse under the weight of salaries and no development.

    God has his own ways.

  90. Aaron Nsena says:

    Yea they deserve a pay rise but protocals must b followed

  91. Nivindele says:

    Uku akakayankhula motumbwa akawaomberako, army njokwiya kale

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