Malawi govt trashes newspaper article on bloated presidential aides

Malawi government has  described the story titled “APM’s Aides in MK307 million package” that appeared in the Weekend Nation of January 23, 2016 as inaccurate and false.

Jappie Mhango: Improve

Jappie Mhango: Improve

Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education Jappie Mhango, released  a statement  to the media on Wednesday which  sources say was drafted by Ntaba,  accusing the influential national weekly  of such peddling “misinformation” and  an outright betrayal of the many Malawians who unsuspiciously and innocently read news purely on trust that they are reading facts and truth.

“The public is reminded that the President reduced the number of Ministers from twenty four (24) in Joyce Banda’s Government to the current sixteen (16), and from six (6) Deputy Ministers to the current two (2) Deputy Ministers.

“Lest we forget, the size of cabinet once hit a record of forty-six (46) members in the past. The surviving truth is that Peter Mutharika’s austerity measures and reduction of cabinet is saving huge sums of money and these savings cannot be undermined by the misinformed opinion being created around the President’s professional supporting staff,” reads the statement in part.

According to the statement, the savings that government has made has come to MK28,039,992. from the eight (8) Ministers and MK11,835,268. from the four (4) Deputy Ministers, giving a total savings of MK39,875,260. per month.

“The packages include salaries; and allowances for housing, fuel, and telephone; pensions; driver; as well as motor vehicle running expenses. We have also included costs for personal staff such as the Personal Assistant, office Secretary and a personal Security Guard,” reads the statement.

On motor vehicle servicing expenses, it states that the cost per service is about MK450,000 and the average is about three services per year, computing to a monthly saving of MK1,800,000 from servicing the cars of these twelve Cabinet members i.e. the eight ministers and four deputy ministers that have been deleted.

Further, it states that there are also substantial savings being realized in the merging of Ministries, for instance, an analysis of the merger of Ministries that covered Mining, Energy, Environmental Affairs, and Climate Change revealed total annual savings of MK112,786,840, or MK9,398,903 per month.

It articulates, “This exercise is going on in other merged Ministries and we expect other substantial savings to be revealed there as well. The grand total amount of monthly savings shall therefore be MK9,398,903 from merging ministries, plus MK39,875,260 from reduced number of cabinet ministers and  MK1,800,000 from servicing reduced number of ministerial ministers. This comes to a grand total savings of MK51,074,663.”

The Mutharika administration further stresses that there are only two Presidential Advisers and Assistants at Grade C of the Civil Service. The rest are: Another two at grade D, and eleven at grade E of the civil service, saying allegation that most of them are at P2 is therefore a calculated distortion and falsehood.

“The sum total for the monthly packages are MK3,699,604 for the two (grade C officers), MK2,460,024 for the two (grade D officers), and MK10,837,211 for the eleven (grade E officers). Depending on the Civil Servants entitlements and grades, these packages will include fuel, telephone allowances, and where applicable, Personal Secretary and a Driver with a vehicle.

“Only eleven of them have vehicles, which comes to a monthly car service bill of MK1,650,000. The total monthly expenditure for the Presidential Aides comes to MK18,646,839.”

According to the statement, the net monthly savings, after the cabinet reduction savings of MK51,074,663 and the Presidential Aides expenditure of MK18,646,839 now comes to MK32,427,824. On an annual basis, this is MK389,133,888.

“The expenses for the Presidential aides certainly do not, and cannot, cancel the savings from the cabinet reduction as has been alleged from some quarters. Sadly, these facts were provided the first time the false story was published before being regurgitated two years later now,” the government stressed in the statement.

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21 thoughts on “Malawi govt trashes newspaper article on bloated presidential aides”

  1. Patriots says:

    Fruits of cosmetic public reforms stop covering up Hon Minister that truth will always prevail in the end.

  2. Kasi chilipo icho muli kozomelapo imwe wa phoka imwe?

  3. mlauzi says:

    Too many aides, at a huge cost. Even the one who drafted the so called response is himself an aide. Don`t you think it is in his interest to defend his position after being in the wilderness for so long!!!!! This is an attempt to defend the indefensible

  4. Zuze says:

    Servicing a car at K450,000 per service!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Zuze says:

    Joyce Banda is the benchmark.

  6. william says:

    I don’t really understand what the govt is trying to justify here after all the sufferings that have engulfed our nation.If the austerity measures are well managed as you claim,why are we out of extra finance to tackle the status quo?.Is the money being diverted somewhere else?.Please we need an honest demystification on issues concerning the allocation of public funds in this country.This country is derailing out of country.

  7. ojere says:

    This is what we know of DPP from the beginning.You think people are not aware the truth of the matter?A Jap mufera za eni. Mufuse anzanu mmbuyomu.

  8. The Partriot says:

    And the so called honourable minister thinks Malawians will onnce more be fooled by this statement? The question is does the president who has only 18 ministers need to 13 aides? For what? Do we need an advisor on everything? For example do we need an advisor on National Unity?
    Malawians actually dont care how many advisors that APM would want to have but the wory is that these people are paid by taxpayers money, we think our tax woukd be put to a better use! Let the ministers advise the President and so save more money. Most if these so called advisors are DPP sympathizers who faiked to get an elected office and so it pleased APM to appoint them as advisors as a token of appreciation for party work.
    Last but not least, these advisors are at the forefront in external travel please include their external allowancein the calculations and you will see how much these vultures are bleeding the economy!

  9. Bikiloni Nachipanti says:

    These are false figures and false statistics. The Minister thinks Malawians are fools. It would have been better if he remained quite than making these false statements.

  10. Achimidizimidzi says:

    give me the names and their job descriptions as quickly as possible. Your figures are clearly doctored ones

  11. Chimwemwe says:

    These are useful statistics on the cabinet. But why doesn’t the press statement have similar statistics on the presidential aides? It would help to also present how the numbers of aides have changed from the previous governments to the current and the accompanying expenditure trend.

  12. pwirikiti says:

    To me the difference is the same, what are all these aids for? ndamene amakunamizani kuti uyu musamutseni bwanji sanaone kuti mukugwa

  13. Njolinjo says:

    Stupid government.

  14. Joloji says:

    Sitikukana kuti there have been some savings from the cabinet reduction. All we are saying is that we can save even more if the advisers (most of which are useless) can also be reduced. What is Bamusi doing there? What has Magalasi advised on the economy? What do these guys actually do?

  15. Analyst says:

    The savings would be greater if the aides were eliminated altogether. What job do they do from 1 to 30 that can’t be done by ministers, PSs and civil servants?

  16. Sailota says:

    Only chickens can believe this. Time up, as Malwians are now able to open their ears and eyes on their own. Obvious , in any other society, lagards are there. Keep on refuting…..they will listen to u, above all u are paid for that.

  17. The Analyst says:

    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O
    Even though we may have net positive savings, doesn’t anyone in their right mind know that reducing the number of presidential aides can save us even more?

    Can a two-wife polygamist divorce his second wife for want of making savings and incorporate two more concubines and claim that he is making savings? Even if some savings are being made; would he not make more of the savings just by remaining with the one wife?
    Why does anybody think that the president needs some of these advisors, anyway? Like Vuwa Kaunda – advisor on National Unity and Parliamentary Affairs? Would it not be wise, fair and kinder even, to know that some of these advisors are not necessary?
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    I am yet to see the professor that the president is, thus wise and intelligent enough to quickly understand general issues and make decisions from the same, without needing advisors.
    . . . Trust me, you don’t even need any advisor on anything from anybody. But if you think otherwise and need any advice about the economy, you can ask the Minister of Economic Planning. If you need advice on Finance, you can call the Minister of Finance et cetera.
    . . . If you think the Minister of Economic Planning has no knowledge of the economy hence unreliable advisor, why did you appoint him as minister of the economy, in the first place? “I shall appoint people on merit,” is this not what you said?
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    I will tell you a secret:
    The only person who can truthfully advise you, is the one you see if you stand in front of a mirror.
    You see . . .
    “Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn’t.” – Erica Jong (American Author)

    Advisors are those we need for shifting the blame on, if our own decisions backfire. But is it necessary to spend that huge chunk of money just for you to find someone to shift the blame on for your poor decisions? I don’t think so!
    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

  18. this is where we ATI mr president. Can’t you see some of these stories are just there to sadden you while your opposers are smiling?
    This is high time we need ATI bill the most. Otherwise we are tired of this shit

  19. Samuel says:

    No point. Ngakhale mutachokocha kabinetiyo from 16 to 4 with no deputies and zero adivaizazi zinthu mkukhalabe mmene ziliri pano amalawi akunenanibe. Chikufunika sisaizi yakabineti kapena maadivaizala koma kusintha zinthu. i.e. chimanga chipezeke dera lililonse from kwathu ku Nsanje mpaka kuchitipa. Kwacha ichoke pa k715 to a dollar ifike pa k150. Kungodutsamo chabe by august 2015 boma idachenjezedwa kuti kukhala njala yoopsa ku Malawi. kabineti ndi maadivaiza onse ankangogona now they are dancing the music. Learn from Bingu’s first term. He engaged ILLOVO which responded by planting hundreds of hectors of maize and just in three months time before the lean period plenty plus maize was supplied to all admarc markets. Yet Bingu had a blotted cabinet and huge number of advisers. Thandizani president kusintha zinthu osataya nthawi ndi ndalama kuyankha trash.

  20. Rodgers Banda says:

    Education makes the wiser wise the foolish more foolish. Our leader is running the country without a head. He doesn’t even know the backbone of the country. He is denied aid by donors because of his nosense philosophy. He is in total dilemma.

  21. Rodgers Banda says:

    chimene muzavomele ndi chiti mwina tinene kuti under APM malawi is so rich to the fact that all malawians are living in lucury APM can even rule Africa Malawi is too little for him bwanji pamenepo

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