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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Kwende
Guest

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.

Marouane
Guest

This is trash and our country has no future

mlomwe wachitonga
Guest

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

godobaman
Guest

inenso salary ya December musandipatse mukagulire mvula!

naliyera
Guest

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!

Josephy Dumakuve
Guest

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.

Maliseni
Guest

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.

victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi
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victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi

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.

oooooho/
Guest

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?

Ndiw3
Guest

Malawians are no longer sleeping,tipange mademo basi

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