Chakwera cuts presidential motorcade, discourages allowance culture in Malawi govt

President Lazarus Chakwera says he has cut the presidential convoy as way of cutting down on government expenses so that the money should be diverted to critical social services for the people.

President Dr Lazarus Chakwera convoy to hav only 10 cars- photo by Lisa Kadango, Mana
This was former president Mutharika’s motorcade 

Speaking during a special weekly program on the state controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation on Saturday evening, Chakwera said he will now have less than 10 vehicles on the convoy.

“I have also ordered that no new vehicles should be bought for my convoy. We will use the same old fleet used by my predecessor,” he said.

However, Office of President and Cabinet ordered a new official car for Chakwera just before his swearing-in ceremony.

During the previous DPP regime, the presidential motorcade was under the limelight for embracing civilian vehicles that join the cruising convoy during the President’s official engagements nationwide, posing a risk of accidents.

He also warned cabinet ministers not to be extravagant.

However, the President was worried with the culture of allowances in government ministries, departments and agencies.

“The allowance syndrome is another form of plunder of public resources. We need to stop this culture. I will be engaging everybody to see how this can be stopped. The government is spending a lot of money in allowances,” he said.

He said his government is moving with speed to ensure that this culture of allowances is stopped in six months’ time, although he said, he knows he will face resistance from the beneficiaries.

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Iantana
Iantana
8 months ago

Muchotsa akasinja ankayenda ndi mzanu uja nthawi ya Nundwe?

Nyusesi
8 months ago

Iwe Chakwera kuyendetsa boma kukukanika. Try to victimise Civil servants by removing allowances and you shall smell the coffee. Why don’t you remove ministers and MPs and soldiers and your allowances first? Kodi kudzikonda kotereku nkotani?

myfriend
myfriend
8 months ago

All government vehicles should be put on car track
all controlling officers should self drive their cars.
no one should claim allowances not more that ten days per month

Chiwoko
Chiwoko
8 months ago

When I worked in Malawi in late 70s early 80s there were no allowances. I was paid a salary of (MK1987 per year six years later MK4840 per year) as a Professional Officer. The Malawi Public Service regulations stated that I was paid for working 24 hrs a day. The issue of allowance did not apply. If I used my car to go away from my station I was paid per mile covered, government paid for my accommodation and food(excluding alcohol) at hotel or rest house if I stayed away over night. I had to produce receipts all the time.… Read more »

Declaration of Victory and third Revolution

There are just too many thieves in the civil service. The coming of cadets made things worse and you and Chilima have a lot of rubble and sewerage to clear and clean.

mzika
8 months ago

That’s what we been waiting for, we can comfortably say that our votes was not waisted.
Ndife okonjwa Dala chonde sinthampi zinthu, MBC yayambanso zandale, please let MBC broadcast issues that benefit all.
Zoyimika magalimoto mu mseu kuti a president adutse tithe.

Mwini muzi
8 months ago

An allowance is not an automatic part of the salary package and should not be considered as a benefit. It is treated as a resource to use when performing a task and can change anytime depending on given circumstances. Unfortunately the allowance system is in total abuse by far needing stringent measures to reduce it’s cost through replacing it with other efficient means without impacting service delivery.

Fifty plus one
Fifty plus one
8 months ago

This should extend to Members of Parliament as well.

President Chisokonezo
President Chisokonezo
8 months ago
Reply to  Fifty plus one

And ministers privilege s are allowances

Munyapa
8 months ago
Reply to  Fifty plus one

Even to the president himself, mumvetsa abale anga pochotsa Cadet nkubweretsa wa Pioneer kkkkk

KKKK
KKKK
8 months ago

Tikutaya nthawi ndi zinthu zazing’Ono komanso za ziiiiii. Olo zitakhala 100 no problem so long you are able to deliver. Bakili adataya nthawi ndikumunena Kamuzu kuti adaononga ndalama kumanga chinyumba chachikulu chogona munthu mmodzi mpaka adathawamo nkuyipanga kukhala parliament. Wabwera Bingu adati Big minds with BIG dreams need Big house. Tidazikonda coz ntchito ya manja ake idamuchitila umboni. Ndipo ife tonse ndife mboni. Chofunika abusa ndi ntchito ya manja anu zikuchitileni umboni. Olo mutayendera galimoto imodzi yokha koma ntchito zero Amalawi muyambana nao. Kudikira Amalawi kumativuta. You are talking too much.

Malidadi
Malidadi
8 months ago
Reply to  KKKK

Exactly

Mbudye
Mbudye
8 months ago

Thumbs up, Dr Laz. Kadziko kakang’ono ngati Malawi koma convoy ndi security kuposa ya Queen Elizabeth! President wa ku Malawi olo kabaza akhonza kukwera pa convoy. 🛵

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