Traditional leaders without salary for five months

Minister of Local Government Kondwani Nankhumwa has confirmed that traditional leaders in the country have gone five months without their monthly allowance attributing this to unprecedented 20 000 promotions that former president Joyce Banda made in the run up to the 2014 polls, among other factors.

Chiefs not getting  honararium

Chiefs not getting honararium

Nankhumwa said the 20 000 promotion of chiefs could not cope up with the software of the ministry’s computers.

“This has caused problems in our computer systems. But we are upgrading our ICT systems;” he said.

He said in addition, there was communication breakdown between his ministry and offices of district commissioners, saying some money meant for the traditional leaders was used for other activities by councils.

Nankhumwa said the government is now arranging with other service providers like Airtel, TNM and post offices to be the sources of allowance pay points for the chiefs.

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mafumu mumawalipira chifukwa chiyani? ndipo ali ndi maphunziro anji? nanga amagwira ntchito yanji? ndipo anawalemba ntchito ndani? Zamanyi zimenezi zitheretu. Ine mtsonkho wanga azidya ndi a mfumu ngati kuti pali chimene amapanga kwa ine.Tanena kuti za kunyerero kapena kuti kumtumbo zither. We don’t want politics of appeasement here in Malawi. Agalu inu.

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The local government to work better we need to the chiefs, induna and the traditional authorities. The problem we will face is the lack of training on basic leadership. Having their own yearly parliamentary discussion either at local level or regional level, through these discussions which can he headed by the minister of the local government and the media, the citizens will learn/advise the chiefs of their priorities at village level. The District commissioners and the councillors must work hand in hand, by having their own parliamentary discussions which will address the problems at district level. Through this decentralisation of… Read more »

We all know that the government has no money. I don’t know why we should always fail to be open. Malawi sazathekadi.


I totally agree with the Analyst.


Can someone explain in black and white why these chiefs are paid. Are they government employees? As someone said, the problem with us is that we are so obsessed with politics that we lose focus of the right direction . It is the same spirit of paying chiefs that is making us cling to fertilizer subsidy. Politics politics politics. Use less politics.

Alohmwe Maphiah

Ndalama zinathela ku United Nations agalu awa. Nanu mafumu simumkati votelani chimanga votelani chimanga ndechimenecho chimanga chija zanu munadyakale mafumu.


All your failures are because of Joyce Banda, really? Give us a break at least for now.


Why should they be paid anyway? How do they contribute to GDP?


even here in Thyolo these political leaders are confusing us imagine the area of T/A Chimaliro just very small but has now been splitted into two if not three areas that is 3 T/A s to share the area and the most popular name: Chimaliro is dying, killinng the whole history of our nation all because of politics. May God assist us please.


They are not supposed to be paid in the first place. Period

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