Malawi poll commissioners in obscene 170% pay hike proposal – Report

There has been a backlash from commentators on the proposal Commissioners at the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to have a roughly 170 percent pay rise as University of Malawi’s Chancellor College political scientist Blessings Chinsinga and lawyer Justin Dzonzi have warned as that passing them would have ripple effects on the already struggling economy.

Mbendera ( 2nd from left) flanked by MEC Commissioners

Mbendera ( 2nd from left) flanked by MEC Commissioners

MEC director of media and public relations Sangwani Mwafulirwa has confirmed about the proposals, according to a newspaper report in the Weekend Nation of Saturday October 17, 2015.

The paper reports that the proposals, coming a year after the commissioners’ perks were last adjusted, are contained in last month’s communication from the commissioners to the Public Appointments Committee (PAC) of Parliament which is mandated to determine the commissioners’ perks.

The proposal is pushing for an over K1.5 million jump in the commission chairperson’s monthly take-home package from the current K917 000 (totalled from honoraria, housing, hospitality, telephone and utilities allowances) to K2.4 million whereas that of other commissioners has been proposed at K1.9 from K730 500,  representing an   increase of 170 percent.

The proposed changes include a 150 percent jump in honoraria from K600 000 to K1.5 million for the chairperson and K475 000 to K1.2 million (153 percent increase) for the rest of the nine commissioners.

The commissioners are also proposing an increase in housing allowance from K200 000 to K750 000 and K160 000 to K600 000 for the chairperson and commissioners respectively. This represents a 275 percent hike in both cases.

On other allowances, the commissioners are proposing a sitting allowance of K100 000 from K15 000 and hospitality allowance of K60 000 from K40 000 for the chairperson.

They further recommend that the chairperson’s domestic allowance be moved to K45 000 from K20 000; residential ground telephone of K35 000 from K12 000; utilities from K30 000 to K55 000; per diem from K40 000 to K80 000 per night with fuel going up by 250 litres from the current 500 litres.

The commissioners’ sitting allowance has been pegged at K90 000 from K10 000 while hospitality allowance is at K50 000 from K30 000.

The commissioners also want their domestic allowances to be increased from K18 000 to K35 000, residential ground telephone from K10 000 to K30 000, utilities from K25 000 to K40 000, per diem to be adjusted to K80 000 from K30 000 per night while fuel should be put at 500 litres from 300 litres.

If the proposals are implemented, each of the nine commissioners will be carting home a monthly package of K1.9 million with the chairperson Justice Maxon Mbendera receiving almost K2.5 million.

The commissioners’ proposed changes exclude other existing benefits such as medical cover (MASM- VIP scheme which also covers their spouse, up to four children and two dependents), one four-wheel drive vehicle and a loan of K10 million during their four-year term.

The commissioners and chairperson also get K400 000 and K500 000, respectively, for furniture at the beginning of their term of office and $200 (about K116 000) and $250 (about K130 000) monthly as telephone allowances.

All the commissioners, including the chairperson, are also entitled to armed police guard, three private guards and burglar alarm system at their residences.

Currently, MEC has 10 commissioners including the chairperson who were appointed by former president Joyce Banda in 2012.

Meanwhile, the Weekend Nation report quoted   Chinsinga giving the proposals a thumbs down, saying the were “out of tune” and that there are “ obscene and unreasonable” especially given the current state of the economy.

And lawyer Dzonzi, who is also executive director for Justice Link, wondered why the commissioners would make such a proposal when “the President publicly said the country was broke”.

He said “this is not the time to adjust salaries” and that it would be “careless” for PAC to approve the adjustments without taking a critical look at the country’s resource envelope.

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77 thoughts on “Malawi poll commissioners in obscene 170% pay hike proposal – Report”

  1. Kanonono says:

    Are these guys also Malawians? Do they really know what they are asking for? Do they also partake of the economic challenges that their fellow countrymen and countrywomen are currently going through?

  2. olson says:

    these guys are just crazy let them go look for jobs . Who authorised them to keep those cars after elections anyway . That’s the problem talking unemployed people to authority now they think its a full time jobs . Anyway how much have they collected since becoming commissioners ?

  3. Ukazaona wa khungu akati ndikugenda uziwe kuti waponda mwala. MEC knows what they are doing they know that this is a fake government.

  4. hisbolla says:

    I understand one of them is a Reverend?? Wot a stupid reverend Chinkwi,,,,,,,

  5. sangomaaa says:

    nde mupite ku private sector. .problem solved

  6. Peter Mathanyula says:

    Apatseni 170%’yo, nafenso mutipatsa. Palibe yemwe safuna ndalama. Munapereka about 70% to senior civil servants last year telling the juniors that this year would be their turn only to be given a meager 14% and no one is speaking about this. What injustice.

  7. voice of reason says:

    MEC is engulfed with financial scandal but at the same time they are demanding 170% pay hike. It sounds nonsensical. But but what could be the motivation and belief that this could work.I mean government bowing to their demands. These are are highly learnt fellows for sure they cannot be be mad. They exactly know what they are doing, and they will get it. The financial scandal will end up to no where. Why? They made this government and they know it’s pay back period. DPP government they know what is at stake and it cannot dare them. Let’s watch and see . This is the voice of reason

  8. peter says:

    This nonsense from MEC must STOP!!!! Which institution pays its board members monthly honoraria?? Is MEC taking advantage of puppet and corrupt leadership we have had since democracy? This institution must be reformed or we will experience civil war due to MEC’s shameful and shocking incompetence and its leadership have no shame in demanding to reap where they did not sow!

  9. Bertha says:

    Guys truly speaking the remuneration needs an increase let’s criticise reasonably a chisingaaa and dzodzi osamangosusa mopanda nzeru nanga inuu sitting allowance ya commissioner mpaka k10,000 nonononono tiyeni tiwawaganizire l agree to increase their meagre salaries

  10. Koma ????? says:

    Yet doctors, Professors get peanuts..not even such ‘jekisoni or choko’ allowances

  11. ndadabwa says:

    koma a Mbendera ndinudi a chitsiru that why you sold this country to Peter. you are asking for those allowances so that you can support 2019 campaign for DPP and dont lie here kuti your domestic workers will be given that money. ndinu opusa kwabasi

  12. losco says:

    Pls let them go and demand such a hike in their new environment. Shut..up! Mxiiiiiiiiiii

  13. Mmek says:

    Uyisova

  14. MLOMWE says:

    BETWEEN MEC ,DOCTORS,TEACHERS AND NURSES WHO IS MOST IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER?A MEC NONSE NDINU AGALU PITANI MUKAPUME MUDADYA KALE ZANU NDIPO OLO MUTASIYA PALIBE ANGAKUDANDAULENI ANA OPUSA KWAMBILI INU.POPEZA NDINU ALOMWE NOKHA NOKHA KAPENA BULUZI PITALA AKUKONDERANI PAJA AMANGOTHANDIZA AKWAWO OKHA OKHA.BOMA LOKONDERA NGATI LA PITALA SIDAYIWONE KUSIYA MADOTOLO ,MA NURSE NDI APHUNZITSI NAKATENGA KUTHANDIZA AMULHAKO KUPITA NAWO KU AMERICA.TIWONANA 2019 NDIPO NGATI PALI PRESIDENT OYAMBA KULAMULIRA ZAKA ZISANU NDIYE PITALA

  15. kwatanani pa chuma says:

    Zaziiii,kodi ndalama mufunazo sizikukuopsani…mzeru zanu zinachoka ku ubongo zatsikila kumatako kwanuko.You are getting Mk10000 ground phone allowance while munthu wina akulephera kugula thumba la chimanga..Oooook afunika mutapatsidwa mapama mmaofesimu zimatiwawa2 mukachita kuda ngati chiphisi.

  16. Tulo AMalawi says:

    I have never understood why Malawians have always accepted to be abused by very few individuals who are not even full guarded. They steal your money, you bury your loved ones, and you keep sleeping. What a NATION!!! I have never seen so many people so sleepy. No courage – nothing. Kamuzu is long gone, but all Malawians are still living with fear. Why is that so?

  17. innocentphiri says:

    Apaseni ndimayesa anakunthandizani kubela mavote.

  18. Chidzukulu says:

    It is time for the whole MEC to resign and go for the green pasture somewhere. Proposal yao ndi yopusa kwambiri. The govt. Is failing to employe trained teachers,doctors and nurses, gvt.is even failing to provide enough funding to our hospitals because of money ndiye wina azikachita demand zopusazo? Resign, others will take over and Malawi will keep on moving!

  19. nangantani says:

    APM please mpatseni Mbendera zomwe akufuna paja sachedwa kulira akuliliranitu.

  20. mwachaje says:

    Kodi proposal NDIYE kuti anthuwa alandila MALIPILO. KODI ndi Ma public organisations angati akhala akufuna PAY RISE?

    MMENE MUMAWATUKWANIRA ndi KUWAOPYSEZERA MAKOSANA ENA A KU MEC sangasiye kufuna malipilo okwera. REMUNERATION Is COMMENSURATE with How RISKY a job is. MEC is a RISKY PLACE for both Secretariat staff and commissioners alike.

  21. Haya says:

    The proposed package does not sound alarming at all. But the problem is that Malawi is a poor country. Very poor indeed…we just have to put our heads togrther to fiht our biggest enemy ….poverty.

  22. VIBOLOBOSHA VA WANTHU says:

    MBENDERA REFUSES TO RESIGN

    WALTER NYAMILANDU REFUSES TO RESIGN

    PITALA REFUSES TO RESIGN

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT #
    MALAWI NDI DZIKO LA WANTHU KAPENA ESTATE YA MUNTHU ???

  23. Mirella K says:

    Cellephone allowance if MK130 000 is just as enough a salary of an average officers at Capital Hill. Koma dzikoli abale! Pomwepo home ground phone allowance, office phone ndiye osanena…Akazi anu ikangowabaya minga ya chambo pang’ono pompopompo ku Mwaiwathu…eeeeh anzathu..Malawi ndi wanu uyu!

  24. Manziek says:

    koma akudziwa kuti kuli aphunzitsi omwe akalamba ndikudikira ma posting’i? zamkutu!

  25. NGONGOLIWA says:

    PLSE GIVE THEM OR ELSE THEY MAY SPILL THE BEANS. IF THERE WAS NOTHING THEY WOULDNT HAVE BEEN THIS RIDICULOUS. GIVE THEM. ANGANGOLILA PACHABE MBENDERE POULUTSA PRESIDENTIAL WINNER, MUONA.

  26. How much money go to hospital and education? By giving MEC members high salary is bribing or preparing for elections 2019. APM/DDP is doing everything to stay in power like the man h called true African leader Mugabwe. For me the true African leader was Mandela, the whole world saw that. Who will come to Mugabwe funeral? Malawian must start prepering the worste in 2019. This joke APM wants to rule Malawi like Mugabwe or Kamuzu Banda at his age. God Malawi is a dead nation for many years. Look at Ethiopia to day and what it was some years back. It is not a hunger nation and poor. Malawi is a shame to Africa continent. Get foreigners to run this nation, it will develope within two years.

  27. Chigawaneni says:

    May be government has got money for them. If at it is true they asking for such sums, limeneli tinene kuti dyera kapena umfiti? Are they aware tha a teacher is getting K55,000.00 per month? Mulungu akukuwonanitu!

  28. Titus scot says:

    Za Chibwana basi! Simunamve kuti boma lilibe ndalama ndipo kuti kulibenso kuonjezera ma salary. Airtime yonseyo amatani nayo nyengo ngati ino pomwe kulibe zisankho?

  29. CHINJOKA says:

    Kkkkkkkkk MEC

  30. Chilungamo Chimawawa says:

    Have you finished eating all the money you received through bribes during 2014 controversial elections??????????????????????????????

  31. Peter27 says:

    What do they do actually? I mean do we mean people on permanent positions there? Is not going to cost us less if we just outsource people there WHEN WE NEED THEM-during elections? These criminals need to be in jail for chrissake!!!

  32. Prof. Fwe Fwe Fwe says:

    This is evidence enough that both MEC under Justice Mbendera and ruling DPP under Mutharika have become so insensitive and in contempt of the wishes and aspirations of Malawian people.

    They couldn’t care less about our country. Their actions speak for themselves that they are above everyone else, equally so, above the laws of Malawi. They can do anything as they please without worrying that no one will say ngw’e ngw’e ngw’e!

  33. John Kapito says:

    They receive peanuts! For all the ridicule , insults , bad mouthing, etc they receive, commissioners need to be well remunerated. They are justified to demand more. These are people who put presidents in office . Surely they deserve better.
    But being Malawians, we are motivated by hatred and jealousy . We don’t wish each other well .
    That’s why we will never develop

    1. peter says:

      It is Malawians who put presidents into office! or are you telling us that the lections are a mere cover up but the actual results are determined by these crook!!

  34. cadet 1 says:

    Zawathela zomwe analandila pobela mavoti

  35. nanga ntani says:

    Alipileni moya, ntchito anagwila kale.koma kulakwa.

  36. Mbonga Matoga says:

    Leave the MEC alone, these commissioners are just claiming what they previously agreed with APM during the rigged elections. No one in their right mind would be making such ridiculous demands if it were not for the fact that they know exactly what they are doing.

    Its time APM honours his promise to these MEC guys other wise forget about winning in 2019.

  37. BRAJOE says:

    Demand malipilo from APM amene munamuwinitsa chisankho. Kuyambila lero inu sibungwe lotchedwa MEC. Kuyambila lero muzizitchula TEM (Thyolo Electoral comission).Musatinyase apa.

  38. Antoni apaphata says:

    You can only be abused for as long as you let the abuser get away with it. Cheteyu sikupusa koma ulemu. We are getting tired. Munthu wa ulemu akakwiya atha solo kukasasula malata Ku data. Pitilizani uchitsilu wanuwo. Tidzakumana. Mark this page

  39. BRAJOE says:

    You four bastards listen here you put all malawians to be chewed by this useless APM who declared himself a winner last year elections.Tell us from where are you going to get that money from? From taxpayers or after your stupid MEC president APM fix the economy of our lovely nation (malawi).To be quit don’t think we forget about what you did to malawi last year, but we busy importing ellegal weapons to cut your life down even if you days are numbered because of your age. Wait for the silent killer.Mwakalamba koma mukufunanso malipiro ambirimbiri. Kodi malawi ali ndilama zonsezo? Pantumbo panu mwamva mukufuna kuti mukamwalira ndalamazo muzasiyire anaanu,ife nkumasaukabe. Akapolo inu machende anu mitu yotalikayo.

  40. Truck says:

    OH MY GOD!

  41. chatonda says:

    IS MEC Malawian or not? God will punish you all for sure. Let Peter allow this madness and he will cry for life to.

  42. joseph Pakhosi says:

    IF YOU DONT WATCH OUT MALAWI WILL BE BANKRUPT JUST LIKE PORTUGAL AND GREECE SOON MARK MY WORDS

  43. mtumbuka1 says:

    Folks, when you hear about things like tribal wars, attempts to overthrow governments or shit like that is all because of some stupid things like these. Peter will allow this to happen because he wants to guarantee himself another term even if he loses. These guys at the electoral commission will be getting that much in the next couple of months. The whole idea is to make Sure the dpp and peter stays in power. It’s sad that Malawians will be walloping in poverty for the next bullshit years just because one guy wishes it to be so. The opposition must block each and every bill in parliament and impeach peter. We can’t carry on like this as a country. Let me be honest with you, peter is a mere poster boy and there are people behind the scenes who are running the country and making all the ill-gotten decisions. Do you guys know why you haven’t heard of chilima and ben phiri for this long?? These two guys are the ones making decisions and running the country behind the scenes. Chilima abolished jce and peter did not know anything about it, ben phiri and chilima sent friends to new York for shopping and peter knew nothing (as usual he is the guy who knows nothing). These two guys rigged the votes for him with the help of Brian bowler but still peter knew nothing. Malawi is doomed thanks to bakili muluzi for bringing bingu and his family and now the virus has infected the whole dpp, electrical commission and indeed the whole country.

  44. opportunist says:

    Useless & shameful

  45. Nankununkha sadzimva says:

    Malawi is like a leftover carcass where vultures are scrambling for even the little that is there. The elite in Malawi behave like dogs in a meat house. Bolanso atsamunda.

  46. My foot says:

    Mzako akakuti konzu nawenso uti konzu, this is the time for Mr President to return for the good job they did on that fateful night.

  47. mfana wa ma plain says:

    hahaha, hehehe, hihihi, hohoho, huhuhu!!! guys mwandiseketsa mwamva! nanga munthu opuma, wamoyo, wanzelu zake angapemphe nadalama zimenezi malawi wake yemweyu? ufiti chani? mwina mwaponda mwalatu. timva

  48. kudamwe says:

    Malawi will be on fire soon

  49. Nyatwa says:

    Malawi will be burning soon!

  50. alex kayira says:

    Malawians working in senior positions are insensetive.Poor malawians should not be working for you.If you feel your pay is not enough just reign.
    I one day laughed when the number one citizen said MPs wanted their salaries jacked up because the were low as compared to SADC.region.Were you aware that malawi is the poorest in the region?Consider the capacity of our economy before you consider your salary increase.

  51. Mphongozidana Ndau says:

    Stupid commissioners. You messed up the 2014 elections now you say you want 100% pay hike. Nonsense. Just days ago APM announced that there will be no salary hikes for civil servants. Are you commissioners not civil servants?

    If you indeed stole the elections for him, then he will give you the 170%.

    What work do you do to deserve what you are claiming?
    Stupid bunch of crooks.

  52. Peter27 says:

    So all that crap about MEC squandering our money is forgoten and now they are laughing on our faces asking for more money? Just what exactly is happening to my Malawi? Instead of locking these people up they have the audacity to spit us on our faces? Wow!

  53. Bandawe says:

    This is a commission which needs overhauling for the failed performance in the past elections. We do not need to hear about allowance hiking but of the proper constitution of the commissioners themselves.

  54. Thomas says:

    MEC can’t u c how Malawians suffers from ur Votegate pls Mr President and ur government pls the MEC to feel our pain

  55. Zagwa says:

    Mbendera yekhayo Mpatseni! Angalire paja sachedwa

  56. dagobert says:

    This irresponsible people have lost each touch to reality!
    What is going on with the investigation on their cashgate? Please press and Nyasa Times do your part, look deeper into it and make it puplic.
    Why is ACB not acting?

  57. KUKAYA WA KUKAYA says:

    ALMIGHTY GOD REDEEM US FROM JAWS OF THIS DEVIL THAT IS HAUNTING MALAWI

  58. Phofo says:

    This is very panyopick!!enafe tikudula almost dairy wina mpaka amount yonseyi panyapanu mwamva”ndinadziwa ine kubela mavote uku kudzabala zipatso zake nde pitala ameneyu… Zandiwawa!mukanakhala mumaoneka mophweka bwezi nditakulumani ine nyama yake ndikuitafuna! Mcp 2019″!woyeee!

  59. SYAMBOZA says:

    THESE GUYS HAVE BILLIONS OF KWACHAS
    IN THEIR PERSONAL BANK ACCOUNTS STOLLEN FROM POOR MALAWIANS

    HERE THEY COME AGAIN !!

    THE SPIRIT OF STEALING IN THESE PEOPLE IS DEEP ROOTED IN THEM

    NO GUILTY CONSCIOUS/ NO LOVE FOR MALAWI PEOPLE/COUNTRY AT ALL

  60. Pat says:

    Thank God its a proposal. DENIED!!!!!

  61. becks says:

    Fire these brutes . make them join private sector

  62. Pachalo Chinthu says:

    Anaba kale ndalama zambilimbili. Sopano akufuna malipilo awawonjezele. Ine nikulandila 20,000 kwacha. Koma momuno mu malawi anthu akulandila 2.9 million. Aduleni ndalanazo nthiwi yachisankho yinatha, ayimbeni milandu yakubayo

  63. Achimidzimidzi says:

    After all no one from MEC went to UNAG.

    Let them demand their dues. APM is the president for five years because of these MEC dogs.

  64. Souja says:

    Nde nkumati boma lilibe ndalama,ma idiots mukulandira kale ndalama zambiri,go to hell.

  65. Zakeyo says:

    Look at them!! They are all dozing off!! They need to RETIRE and leave the jobs for young people to shape their own future!! Greedy zombies!!

  66. MCP says:

    This is stupidity at its peak. They want to divert the attention of people from their just uncovered cashgate.

  67. zilipo says:

    Malawian leaders are so greedy with no remorse at all. Wild dogs are better because they share their kill. They do nothing to be proud of, yet they steal and demand more. I wish Kamuzu came back to arrest these bastards.

  68. Jane Kaphulira says:

    Yes, scratch my back and I will scratch yours. Time to demand malipilo for a job well done on 20 may, 2014.

  69. PIERRE says:

    pliz review mec salaries.This is y mw is poor,how can they b getn dos packs.Reformation shud luk @ no of years in a contrct.giv them 2years.But du u SCO’s know this,force the salaries to b reduced ur our voices.lets match 20% b redcd to al Mec workers + Mra.take it to agricult

  70. Masoambeta says:

    Stupidity.

  71. ZIBOLIBOLI says:

    Stupid!!!! What kind of job imene mukufunira ndalama zonsezi? dzitsiru mwazolowera kubera ma vote mwati mube salary tsopano, iwe Pitala samala nawo anthuwa ikhoza kukhala downfall yako. kodi ndiye kuti mukusula ndalama a boma eti!!! yerekezani muone mwazi!!!!

  72. WAKUMUDZI says:

    ZALOWA ZIBWANA ZINTHU PA

    NYASALAND !!

    MUKUFUNA WANTHU WAMBAFE TITANI ??

  73. BRAJOE says:

    170% for who works once in every 5 years?

  74. Mbolo Sidwala says:

    “If they want to be rich, let them join the private sector.”

  75. BRAJOE says:

    Malawians in hands of Mbendera and APM. Mbendera Refused to resign and now APM refuses too.

  76. BRAJOE says:

    Get rich against poor malawians. SHAME.

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