Mutharika says Parliament striking staff should go back to work: Malawi MPs meeting disrupted

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has made a passionate plea to  Parliament support staff strike who started a strike despite offer of 18 % salary increase by government, should return to work and continue with discussions with government.

President Mutharika: Appeal to striking staff to return to work and continue discussions on their demands

President Mutharika: Appeal to striking staff to return to work and continue discussions on their demands

The strike which started Tuesday at the Parliament Building in the capital, Lilongwe, has derailed a mid-year budget review which will also  review the current response to the floods situation that has affected more than half the southern African country.

President Mutharika told a news conference that government was offering to Parliament staff “equal pay for equal work.”

He said  in the government’s offer, “the Clerk of Parliament for example will get a pay as Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Information or Ministry of Defence.”

Mutharika added: “I sent a message to the Speaker that it will be a  good idea to go back to work and continue with the discussions.”

Parliamentary workers’ representative Leonard Tilingamawa said the Parliament Service Commission proposed a 24 per cent salary review for them which government rejected as manifestly inadequate as “the cost of living is rising daily.”

Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya sait it was “impossible” for the crucial session to continue with staff strike.

“We need stenographers, Hansard reporters, clerks, messengers,” said Speaker, who said MPs are likely going to be sent back home.

According to the schedule for mid-term budget review meeting, the government has lined up seven bills including the minimum marriage age and human trafficking bills, a ministerial statement on the disasters which have hit most parts of the country and a mid-year budget review statement scheduled for Friday, February.

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52 thoughts on “Mutharika says Parliament striking staff should go back to work: Malawi MPs meeting disrupted”

  1. Emmatuwa says:

    Mafumu achotseni parliament Staff paja inu mumalowerera za eniake.Mafumu akuMalawi inu ndi mafumu opanda nzeru munthu akadandaula mwati achotse ntchito
    inu yaniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii asiyeni andale akhale andale inu mafumu gwirani ntchito yanu yosamala anthu a mudzi wanu.

  2. chimtsikana says:

    achiperekabe chi 24%…….LESSON: Mr. President and whosoever, is in charge of salaries in all government institutions, first find the root cause of the problem before rushing to the “solution” which in actual sense does not solve the real problem. the Civil Service, Judiciary, Parliament, ABC etc have Service Commissions. these commissions do review salaries and conditions of service to its servants. when giving hike to the Civil servants, do not compare them with others rather give them according to their demands and how you have negotiated with their employers. harmonisation will only work if all the laws were repealed and amended…. remember, a CEO at TNM does not have equal pay with the CEO at Airtel (all have equal work …) start with the laws first and all these shall be smoothly done. let not the advisers twist your head to fulfill their selfishness….we don want to see another president dying while in office due to preventable pressure. advise your people at Ministry of Finance that they should always open a door for negotiations not to wait until things come to worst.

    let their be transparency in the way things are handled. do not undermine the powers, capabilities of others….give respect were it is due.

    lastly, since you have increased the salaries of various government sectors, may you please consider giving us free bags of fertilizer (for us farmers, this is where our salary lies.) DPP WOYEEEEEEEEE! APM WOYEEEEEEE! INENSO WOYEE!

  3. wakukaya says:

    CHAM instutions get ready and I am afried because cham hospitals are all over the country and people will die.Cham hospitals are even in difficult to reach places unlike government hospitals which are mostly in urban areas.Muyisova!

  4. WHERE Is the ..Paramount chief who wanted all striking staff to be dismissed? Come and dismiss all parliamentary staff. You were really abused, my chief. Zina kumaasiira eniake. musalowelere pena paliponse. Mudzagwa nazo.

  5. sabiti says:

    Ndiimeneyoyo apatseni makobiri anthuwa inu muzionjezera kale ma 80 percent awa akufuna ka 25 basi

  6. LAST DPP ALSO MET THESE SITUATION, SHOOTING AND PEOPLE DIEING,PLUS COMMON ASSAILTS, INJURIES BY THE POLICE, ARMY,AND ORDINARY PEOPLE. TO-DAY THE SAME IS THERE.JUST THINK WHAT WILL BE NEXT —– WATCH OUT. MR PRESIDENT BE CAREFULL, MPS, MINISTERS, CHIEFS, DIRECTORS, ADVISORS AND OTHERS ARE CHEATING YOU IN AREAS OF LAND MATTERS, HEALTH SYSTEMS, EDUCATION, FUNDS FOR HIV/AIDS ETC, LABOUR POLICES, UNION ISSUES, AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES, FOREST, LAKES, RIVERS, MOUNTAINS, JUST TO METION FEW ——– YOU GIVE POWERS ON ALL MENTION ABOVE TO ANTHU OBWERA LEAVING MALAWIANS NAKED AND BECOMING SLAVES AGAIN, KAMUZU BANDA REMOVED ALL THE UNBECOMING ATTITUNDES FROM ASAMUNDA, TO-DAY YOU WANT USAMUNDA AND UKAPOLO NDI CHIKOLONIYO BACK, OTHER COUNTRIES IN AFRICA IT IS NOT ACCEPTED———— MALAWIAN LEADERS ARE ALWAYS CORRUPTED. PLEASE TAKE CARE OF THE PUBLIC AND DO NOT LET THEM SUFFER IN THEIR HOME LAND.

    GOD IS WATCHING, JUST WAIT SOON SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN WITH SOME OF YOU.

  7. Alungwana says:

    If you say equal pay for equal work, do you have that equal pay for equal work? Umagwira ntchito yanji ndalama zonse ukulandira zija?

  8. N'neneri Yesaya says:

    “Inde. ….. ndinena, ndinena ndi inu! Boma ili liri ngati chitsotso m’maso mwa Atate . Ndipo ngati momwe Atate anachotsera chitsotso china m’chaka cha 2012, posachedwapa Atate omwewo adzachotsanso chitsotso chimenechi .”

  9. Hoitty says:

    Equal pay Equal work BRAVO DPP

  10. chefourpence says:

    fire the mercenaries! They have been paid to strike! Thats what you get when one tribe of people occupies a whole establishment

  11. JCInLA says:

    A Letter to xxx man:
    Mr Malopa, this is you disguised as xxx man. When debating an issue – it does not help when you are calling people names. How do you know that MonkeyBurning is a Yao? And what is wrong with Yao’s, Tumbuka’s, Chewa’s and Lomwes? We are all Malawians.
    You are pushing the idea of Mota Engil evicting people whose lives depend on the lake where they live – to b pushed to the mountains.
    Mr Malopa, your idea is going to destabilize Malawi, and you are going to pay hard. Don’t think the people will let that happen. Over our blood.

  12. Hotlady says:

    Politicians Beware Next Time U Gonna All Be Chased At The Parliament If U Continue Fooling Us.Musamawone Ngati Timanyadila Mukamatipatsa Tima Hand Out.

  13. Mateyo Oyera says:

    Never before in the history of this country has a sitting of parliament been disrupted by industrial action . Is there a curse on this government? Does this government have God’s blessings? I’m beginning to have my doubts now .

  14. Strange rains says:

    Anthu osayamika inu you are just enjoying money every time you go there at parliament,now u are talking about pay rise,yet mmangokambilanaso zosatikhudza..ony God knows where malawi is going.

  15. Kadakwiza says:

    Our President would you please people what they want. Don’t forget that during campaign period, you promised Malawians paradise, also heaven. Do you still remember Mr President?

  16. Mzika ya Mw says:

    All signs are clear this govt has failed…just quit mungafepo chabe ndi mtima!

  17. PRECIOUS BZ says:

    “Equal pay for eaqul work” ziyamba kapena zinayamba. In Malawi umphawi just From Top citizen. Ndalama ingawadutse.

  18. jack Phalombe says:

    Please deposit half million in my acc and tomor am i might make extra 200 grand. Leave those who believe politics can bring food in their table.

  19. Che Spindulo says:

    You idiot @ Kamwendo, why should we offer solutions? Did we tell you to rig the elections? Stupid DPP mbuzi .

  20. GOVT has no money, what needes is discution btwn two parties.

    1. Bongololo says:

      Then where did govt get the 98% pay increase Mutharika gave himself as well as the other hefty increase he gave parliamentarians? Osamatitenga ngati ana! Zopusa zimenezi pitani nazo kwanu!

  21. kanchenga. says:

    In a situation we are in right now we don’t need government business of helping floods victims to be disrupted by strikes. Parliament should shade off partisan deliberation and come agreement quickly so that the suffering of our brothers is reduced. May be Chakwera is right. Government need to declare state of emergency so that this foolishness can be stopped and efforts directed to helping floods victims. The has responded because we showed seriousness. Now why should we suddenly start childish behavior. APM please consider chakwera suggestion and stop this nonsense strike. Don’t be afraid of making a mistake. Be afraid of losing more life.

  22. For five years,Parliament staff have never had a pay rise,yet Mutharika increased his by K1,200,000.00.Greed!Me,myself and I

  23. pina says:

    Let Parliament staff return to work as soon as possible because Irish Gorv had donneted K5bn to floods victims, instead of helping these poor people , the Malawi Government can share among themself as they always do….
    let me tell you what you people in the Parliament. The Lord God in Heaven will punish you when he comes for your injustice and greedy over poor people.

  24. Kod costs of living ikukwerera inu nokha,y bng so selfish?kuli aphunzitsi,a police,prison warder,agriculture advisers etc do u see reasonz 4 de increase of their HONORARIUM?yap dey avent startd receiving salaries?shame on you!!!!!!!

  25. Litongo says:

    Olo anthu mukumuyamikila Pitalayu ife palibe chiona ife,tikuvutika kwambiri zinthu zikudula

  26. bwintiti says:

    Iwe Monkey Bay burning r u 100% sure of what u r reporting? We don’t want sensational reporting! By the way do u know that what u have posted is read all over the world? Be very careful, don’t tarnish ur country’s image!

  27. phodogoma says:

    Please just tell them that they are being absent from their duty and it means ther will be no pay come February end. Come and ask the UNIMA employees . They have received only 50 percent of their salaries for December because of these illegal strikes. If the government can use a very strong squad of Lawyers in courts, surely all these strikes will be ILLEGAL. So employees will be paid only days worked NOT those on these illegal strikes. Personnel at parliamnet just borrow a leaf of what UNIMA did. This issue is at the court. The UNIMA staff launch a complaint at the court. But for sure the UNIMA staff will lose this case. Because these issues are in labour constitution of Malawi. Why the governmenmt CANT use this constitution to defend itself successfully. Who are lawyers of government? These are useless. Who is minister of labour. He/she is a fool. He can use his power to help the government move out of these nets of strikes. Remember Papa at Vaticant said and I quote, Expression of freedom has the LIMITS. Yes Malawians can have freedoms for strike but we must have the limits for better Malawi. This shos that time has come for Malawi government to remind its people about these freedomes, responsibilty and limits.

  28. mayo izo says:

    WHAT ABOUT CIVIL SERVANTS UP TO NOW NOT YET PAID THEIR JANUARY PAY. YOU WILL FEEL THE PINCH SOON YOU VOTE RIGGERS. YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE SMART THAN ALL OF US. NOW ITS TIME FOR YOU TO SOLVE IT.

  29. Namalira says:

    you rigged the votes and now God is mercilessly punishing you .muwapatse magratuity awo anthu amene akuchita retire m’boma kuchokera February 2014. mumabera cholinga muzunze anthu?

  30. Fathi Alshdhaab says:

    koma mpaka liti govt dept strikes…Apm

  31. ohoo says:

    all your comments are stupid!!!!! how special are are they just fire them there are a lot of people looking for the same jobs…..
    how special do you think you are…
    you really are stupid
    kungowonetsapo umbuli wanu apa, MUSATIBOWE

  32. xxxx man says:

    A letter to MonkeyBayburning

    Why people are refusing K200000? That is development malawians are refusing. Why. For sure that hotel could have employed more than 1000 Yaos. No matter what for development to come to Malawi it requires land for its physical registered offices. If Malawians develop the habit of such nature then there will be no development. Developing partners will never work in vacuum or in the air. More development means more loss of land.

    Yaos are fools. They dont understand what it requires for sensible developments in Malawi. Where ever you see development it means pipo lost their lands. talk of Blatyre or Lilongwe.Here in Blantyre our fore fathers lost not only lands but even their chiefship in the early 18th century. Their brains were very shallow but at least they understood the concepts of development by Fred and John Moir for their Mandala Company. That is why we have Blantyre and Lilongwe as commercial cities in Malawi. Leave that place for international organizations to put up structures that will attract even tourists and who knows Monkey Bay will be a city , I mean a beautiful city one day. AGARU INU CHOKANI KUMENEKO FOR MOTOR ENGeL
    Then AYAO dont understand impact of developments today in 20 cuntury

  33. Desire says:

    DPP planned strike! Who do you want to fool. Olo mzembe ,mkakumana nazo kupalametiko,arrogant gvtm

  34. No tribalist lomwe. says:

    Hehede! Bwana 2much strikes. Hope equal pay will translate to political posts.

  35. Rodeny says:

    should just give the striking workers a raise, the executive gave themselves a riase recently an we all kept quite why not us

  36. Achimidzimidzi says:

    You people, how long does it take to discuss issues of salaries? I strongly feel one party deliberately despises the other to show superiority. Too much bossing.

    And the timing of strikes tries to importance of the other party. Just to disrupt the proceedings of the parliament.

    So the equation balances: one party is superior and counter offer is important

  37. Better that these idiots are striking with the alledged meagre percentage deposited into their accounts,but,your fellow dunderheads are at Blantyre City Council are sleeping with empty stomachs as they were paid a year ago on 23 December.Its all crocodile tears for the gazetted 25 percent which was defered to no avail as January salaries are yet to be paid,but nobody is striking.So parliamentary workers…are the …?

  38. Israel2013 says:

    Equal pay for equal work. Really? Peter, you are joking!

  39. MonkeyBayBurning says:

    My fellow Malawians, this is to inform you that our beloved Monkey Bay today start to “burn”. The Malawi Army shot eight people, one fatally. This is due to the Mota Engil wanting to build their fucking hotel and thereby force people to go and leave in the mountains. These people’s lives have always been on the lake. They want to give each one K200 000.
    People are refusing and the government is therefore shooting those that are saying “NO”.
    Please, please, HELP US. Our poor people – where do they go?

    1. James says:

      Kodi iziso nde ziti. Tafufuzani. Motal Ingil kuno sikwawo. Why keel the natives where they are beggars. Worse still our own Malawi army getting involved.

    2. Mtunga says:

      Please, tell us more.

    3. Federalist says:

      Tikamati boma la chitaganya (FEDERATION), timatanthauza kuti ma plan oyendesela chigawa amayambila ndi kuchokela kwa inuyo eni chigawa. Osati anthu awiri ku likulu alamule zonse. Ndiganiza ku Monkey Bay lero mwamvesa zimene anzanu maka a kumpoto akufuna za federation

    4. kadamanja says:

      BUT WHY THIS DPP GOVERNMENT IS DOING THIS TO MALAWIANS?

  40. kamwendo says:

    everything a failed government, offer solutions other wiz ur stupid

  41. Che Spindulo says:

    Here we go again . The pains and tribulations of a failed DPP Government .

  42. maurrice says:

    Just give them 24% is what they are looking for simple

  43. Acetone says:

    Zikungoonetsa umbuli wathu a Malawi.How many voted for you to represent in the parliament,how many are affected with floods,what is your response to those affected in your constituency?The Lord behind is watching all this nonsense you are doing.

  44. Chamunyerera chipako Pitala. This is Malawi where we don’t care whether or not a strike is legal. Even the judiciary is involved in illegal strikes as long as we get what we want we don’t care about the legal implications.

  45. DIDIMU MULOMWE says:

    IF THE PRINCIPLE OF EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK WAS APPLIED IN A TRANSPARENT AND HONEST MANNERS, MPS COULD HAVE GETTING 10000MK PER MONTH, MINISTERS 25000 MK PER MONTH ETC!!!!!!! OUR POLITICIANS ARE VERY SELFISH!!!!!!!!

  46. he we go again says:

    what a shame to this failed government

  47. Malawiana says:

    We know there is something wrong with the figures for the mid term expenditures and govt would sweat in Parliament hence they saw the need to finance a strike.

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