Watchdog questions sincerity over salary hike suspension: CHHR says ministers, MPs pay should also be deferred

Vocal human rights campaigners the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has questioned President Peter Mutharika’s sincerity over the recent suspension of his salary hike and that of his deputy pending the time the economy is on track, describing the action as a mere political tool to woe public sympathy in view of the ailing Malawi’s economy.

Mtambo:  Let suspension be applied to ministers and MPs

Mtambo: Let suspension be applied to ministers and MPs

Reacting to the recent decision by President Mutharika and his deputy Saulos Chilima to suspend their respective salary hikes, CHRR executive director Timothy Mtambo indicated that he was not surprised with this gesture as it has over the recent months become the President’s style of governance where, according to Mtambo, he has tended to display some ‘hypocritical tendencies’ of a ‘caring father’ when the reality on the ground has often shown a different picture.

CHRR boss cited August 2014’s Mutharika’s rejection of Minister’s pay hike proposal which despite being hailed by some quarters, ‘raised a lot of suspicion over a possible well-calculated move within his government echelons to portray a picture of a President who was walking his much-talked austerity talk’ in a context of tough economic conditions’.

“There are so many things which do not add up when you critically analyse the President and his deputy’s recent decision. For no doubt these decisions have been reactive [that is to the media revelations], rather than being proactive, a scenario that even raises more questions than answers,” Mtambo told Nyasa Times.

“Why did it have to take the President almost 2 months to suspend his pay hike after being aware that the new salaries were to be effected, as per Minister of Information, in October 2014 in order to demonstrate that he was a caring leader? How certain are we that if there were no such media exposition or revelations these new salaries the President and his deputy would have come out into the open as it is now? Is it because the media has exposed this that now the President, as part of image saving and an attempt to be seen as a caring President, wants to portray this hypocritical picture in the current tough economic the context? Why now? It’s for no doubt that a cloud of secrecy surrounded the issue, and if it were not for the media Malawians would have remained in the dark over the progress o the issue ,” wondered Mtambo.

CHRR boss however hinted that they welcomed the presidency gesture over their respective suspension but urged the President and his government to adopt a holistic suspension of the pay hike for President, Vice President, MPs and Cabinet.

“As CHRR, we welcome the decision to suspend these salary hikes for the President and Vice President. It’s our since hope that this ‘good’ gesture shall be extended to salary hikes of Cabinet and Parliamentarians,” the rights campaigner said.

However,  he pointed out that it shouldn’t just be a question of voluntarily suspension as is the case with the President and the cabinet but government should issue a formal ‘decree’ suspending or stopping all  the implementation or effecting of the new salary scale.

“We expect Mutharika’s regime to adopt a holistic approach, rather than the current selective one which raises more questions than answers. Government should suspend or stop the whole salary hike including those of MPs and Cabinet,” said Mtambo.

According to Minister of Information Kondwani Nankhumwa the hikes were in line with the 2014/15 National Budget.

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44 thoughts on “Watchdog questions sincerity over salary hike suspension: CHHR says ministers, MPs pay should also be deferred”

  1. Kwende says:

    Malawi is now too hot for Peter Mutharika, he cant stand anymore. Maliro enanso’tu awa. Civil Servants strike is also looming. All Malawians are not Lomwes that you can easily fool. Usova gogo iwe.

  2. Marouane says:

    This is trash and our country has no future

  3. mlomwe wachitonga says:

    God bless mother Malawi & its hadworking citizens. put to shame all those who want to be gods over yr children & show them that you are God who controls seasons, kingdoms, lives & the whole universe. IN JESUS NAME. amen & amen

  4. godobaman says:

    inenso salary ya December musandipatse mukagulire mvula!

  5. naliyera says:

    the most important thing to do is to convict cashgate perpetrators as demanded by donors so that donors can begin supplementing budget shortfalls. so the logical thing to do is cater to the judiciary and Judiciary demands-no? but we are dealing witha nation of sub-par intellects and greedy politicians! even the CSOs are being hypocrtical-they make their money by creating problems so they can also get funding by pretending that they care about Malawi. so they can get their own salary hike- it is a vicious cycle!

  6. Josephy Dumakuve says:

    Pitala is just playing mind games thinking that Malawians r halfwits from the moment he imposed on himself thru his backdoor ascendancy from inflating votes together with his airtel money friend.pitala is very uncaring even though he wants to potray himself as caring father and his cohort Saulos that they r together with Malawians in these hard times.We r not going to be duped by these day light lies.We r watching all your crooked moves.

  7. Maliseni says:

    I agree having a degree suspending the implementation is very important. As we are fully aware of the former Vice president who claimed back part of his salary that he had promised to donate somewhere.

  8. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    The president is lies. How has he approved the salary hikes of malpractitioners (ministers) and malawi pigs (mps) who are so many if he cared for the Malawi nation? He has also hidden his big chucks in allowances and benefits. He has no ‘heart’ for this country. After messing it, he will reclaim his American citizenship. As for Chakwela, he is encouraging Peter to mess up so that he uses it as a toll against DPP in 2019. It’s only God’s intervention we can rely upon.

  9. oooooho/ says:

    Definitely knew that the salaries were being hiked… so coming out only now to have the decision deferred is rather strange.

    Another question is, if the salary is already budgeted for under the OPC for the VP and Ps salary hike, where does this money go now? is it practically possible to move these monies to another vote in another ministry or say MoEducation to pay teachers? nay… so its not as simple as saying the salary hike is deferred .. but where does this money go now? Arrears later?

  10. Ndiw3 says:

    Malawians are no longer sleeping,tipange mademo basi

  11. Patriot says:

    Samayenda mmalironso

  12. chims says:

    Saulosi!Saulosi!Saulosi!Ulikuti?Where is the ex- successful MD of Airtel MW.I thot u’d help the oldman effectively run the affairs of the state!If he is not listening pls stay aloof.Unfortunately when one fish is rotten so goes the old word

  13. padoko says:

    Go deeper, Mtambo. I hope akazakupatsaninso mpando wonona monga anzanu a Bamusi you will keep pn saying the same

  14. Alufeyo says:

    Why suspend the salary hike. So MK2.7 million per month for the president is a lot! What a country of imbeciles. Thereis absolutely nothing wrong with salary hike Mr President pse pse you cant govern as if you are half mad. Temember Sir that leadership is not a popularity contest and you can never pse 15 million people. You have some parastatal CEO taking home more than MK3.5 million per month. Surely should our leaders resort to fraud and corruption to leave comfortably? CSO leaders are foolish and hypocrites. These guys get donor money on the pretext of helping poor Malawians when they just misuse the funds. Once again Mr presiden if the hoke was in good faith pse landirani makobiliwo.

  15. Mhesha says:

    CHRR up until u start practising democracy in ur institution by removing nepotism then you be taken seriously. Stop from being hypocrite yourself.

  16. Kamchitete says:

    yes, the snake is in the grass and we need strike it before it raises its head to bite. How can the whole of him be ugly enen in his heart? I will joi the strike if his puppet fails to dump back the coins of the needy and sick.

  17. Nyapapi says:

    Chakwera! Am very disappointed with you!

  18. chakwanuleka says:

    This country is being led by a clueless President. It had to take the media to tell him that the increment was ill timed for him to reverse his decision. Even the argument that the increment was in the budget doesn’t make sense at all. Is this not the same budget which took them more that 3 months? Why did he not indicate at that point that he will not take any pay rise. Clueless clueless

  19. a mfumu a kambeu. says:

    kungotipusitsapo apa. atsogoleri athu ndi atambwali. amayinso adachotsako gawo la malipiro awo, akudziwa kuti kwinaku atsakula geti.

  20. Pichi says:

    I for one dont think this is a professional statement that should come from an organisation that should be seen to be neutral. It has political overtones in itself and CHRR may be mistakely be seen seen and judged as making awkward statements. If this is a human rights issue then they should have raised the issue as such. Increments have been affected across the civil service not that it has affected the president its an issue? I dont see the logic in this. Chakwera has defended his side. And to say that the whole process should be suspended heee. You mean all these increments in the civil service? Tikuotchatu moyo ukuwawa uwu!

  21. Mlakho says:

    Ndalama za president + Vice= K4.5million pamwezi.

    Nduna 20=K46 million pamwezi.

    193 MPs=K347.4 million pamwezi

    ndiye bwanji mwangochita suspend anthu awiri with too little value nkusiya anthu ambiri with enormous and hefty value?


  22. Trust says:

    Mr Ibu is a crony of Satan, he has come with an army to destroy us! Just look at his face and you will agree with me. He is 100% nepotistic and a hypocrite . We need to pray hard. Read 2 chronicles 20, verses 1- 30 to understand what I mean.

  23. datruth says:

    Guys mtambo ndi mbuzi ya muthu poyamba ndimaona ngati amayankhula zothandiza Amalawi koma akungodana ndi peter. Poyamba amati y 80percent pano akuti y suspanding saraly hike umuuze chakwera naye apange reject ndi ma a MP ake, pena umatitenga anthufe ngati makape. Chimozizi kwataine she rejected board member bcoz ku Maneb kulibe nsuzi she said ali busy ndi school pano aliyakaliyakali mtown awerenga liti moti nkhani ya cash gate tinene kuti simukonapo kanthu u guys mwalemba mmadzi amayi anu ango panga attend ma meeting osayenera fotmer HE koma ma concoulors kkkkkk

  24. Angozo says:

    I totaly disagree with Timothy Mtambo and the one who has commented called Mbuyanga. JB did the same this what a caring leader have to do, Mbuyanga has tackled something concerning lhomwe I think his reasoning is the same as a dog. What is the relationship between suspension of salaries and lhomwe? This talking is stupid and nepotism. As for Mtambo I think he just want to gain fame his statements are full of nosense I think the guy has same mental problems I can see the noise he is making just shows than he has problems with his thinking capacity. What realy do he want the president to do? A Timothy kodi mukufuna aja amakupatsani ndalama za u gay aja amve kuti mukuchita phokoso kuti akupatseni zina, inutu mukupusa nazo zimenezi utseke kukamwa kwako konunkhako wamva. Nthawi zina mutayesa kukamba za nzeru, kodi anzeru dziko lonse lino ndinu nokha? I think you are running out of ideas and if you do not have something reasonable to say just shut up. We know that you are very dull and with lack of wisdom.

  25. Sidix says:

    Ma Civil Servants,mukuti bwanji pamenepo? Mungomusiyasiya President wachinyengoyu? He suspended 367% salary hike for MPs, and Cabinet Minsters. His 600% salary hike was effected in October.He thought the public will not be aware.The President ,Minsters and MPs started receiving new salary in October.He quietly effected the hike hopping that the public would not be aware.For two months,they have been receiving new salary,October and Nov.He has suspended bcoz of the Public outcry.This is hypocrisy of greatest magnitude.He has announced the suspension but will secretly effect the new hike.Civil Servants should also be given 376% salary hike. There is money in the Govt as evidenced by salary hikes of the Presidency,Cabinet and MPs.

  26. Jimmy says:

    Stupid Mutharika your a fool,you mean your above everything? Your days are numbered with your stupid government,you have proven to be a thief & unreliable.

  27. adphiri says:

    Is it not us who are being hypocritical. We are asking pay rises for ourselves, everyone else but the Ministers and the president?

  28. Atcheya says:

    And can someone please check whether Peter and Saulosi got their old salaries in October and November. Am sure these guys got the new salaries and they are now just ashamed of the exposure: otherwise, how do you reject something 2 months after you already signed for it? Trust me, the president authorized all these increments as no salary increment can ever be effected without the president’s blessings. Now, to be coming out to be seen like angels today is not just hypocrisy, but stupidity of the highest order!!!

  29. Mau Apaseli says:

    Zikuthimbani pakhosi ndalama inu

  30. Mafikizolo says:

    It’s pleasing to note that more and more Malawians are beginning to see through this misfit of a president . He is nothing but a poor copy of a president . Even his Vice does not inspire confidence . Apart from looking like a fashion model and a socialite, there is nothing “substantive” about him . The 2014 General Elections were a wasted exercise .

  31. ADE says:


  32. Kadzibwa says:

    All ends well what starts well. Ukayamba ndi kuba mavoti you end up stealing in gvt. 80% salary and benefits increament for what? Do you deserve to receive such huge increament? Civil servents we need to tell this gvt that enough is enough. Let us mobilise mobilise ourselves so that they shud know that we are tired of this guy leadership style. Pachenatu patawuni.

  33. moto mwikho says:

    How sincere is civil society about its salaries and source of funding. Do they account to Malawians? These are Judaces selling their country for livelihoods.

  34. Mr.Bambo says:

    Hypocrites of the highest order they are!Why did they propose in the first place and who approved only to deffer after the massive outcry?Adziwa liti kuti we have an ailing economy?panya pao onse.

  35. AZIMAYI says:



  36. Phwilephwile says:

    Mtambo more fire. Ife tilibe poyambila timafuna zimenezi. Misika ikupsa we are stragling to resurface our business,paying daily tax wina ndi malamulila ndalamazi mwauchitsilu chonchi. Tilitonse mpakana awombelenso ameyu.



  38. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    Malawians will never trust this so called president , that’s why you see him going to an extent of spending sleepless nights working on CCTV records of all the states houses without getting court orders to retrieve the information for the purpose of implicating JB. He has a very small termite brain which he is using in the whole of his big head .

    He doesn’t see what is the future of Malawi . We are in the hands of a joker . Don’t think Malawians are that stupid , very soon the whole country will be at standstill, that’s the time you will prove by yourself that not all Malawians are your Lomwe tribe.

  39. Msowoya says:

    I have never seen a president who doesn’t care for the people of Malawi and the situation Malawi is in ,he should be ashamed of himself .Mr Mtambo he is not far from the truth by describing him as a leader who is hypocritical;Malawians couldn’t have know about all of this ,if not for the media that shows that he is not honesty as a good leader

  40. Mbonga Matoga says:

    Could I just ask the president and his vice to refund the money they got for the months of October and November since the hike was effective October 1.

    Could I also ask the president and his vice to assure Malawians in black and white that they will not ask for arrears when the economy starts functioning again.

  41. John says:

    Who authorised the hikes anyway? I mean it will be stupid of anyone to authorise the hikes without letting APM know, is it not? Or, did APM know about this all along, gave a nod, after surveying the public’s outrcy then suspended it, jst so he can look caring? That is just a stupid ploy u play on grade one kids, isn’t it?

  42. Mbuyanga says:

    For once I agree with Mtambo, this Mutharika guy is a big hypocrite! He speaks one thing and practices the opposite! Its not surprsing of his hypocrisy on the salaries just as he is hypocritical on national unity yet he practices hard core nepotism by favoring his fellow southerners including his lhomwe kinsmen! Onse opanga strike more fire to pump sense into this hypocritical Mutharika and bootlickers!

    1. dadaboma says:

      You’ve known APM as a hypocrite and unfit for presidency too late. We told you to refrain from voting for this man. An opportunity was lost to make Malawi grow economically on the voting day. You’ll eat stones till 2019. APM will dribble you until you collapse. Sorry bro.

      1. Mbuyanga says:

        Unfortunately, Chakwera ndi uyo so happy with the obscene pay rise! Joyce Banda ndi uyo the chief cashgate mistress! Atupele nde nanji! The Muluzi’s are just another disaster! Mwina tizayese achina Nyondo 2019! Otherwise enawa nde yayi!

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