Chilima promises old-age social security arrangement

Vice President and UTM party leader Saulos Klaus Chilima  has said he will form Council for the  elderly  once he becomes the country’s president as part of   an old-age social security arrangement to ensure the growing population does not plunge into destitution.

Chilima being welcomed in Chitipa

Chilima is in the northern region and has been addressing meetings in Chitipa and Karonga on Saturday and Sunday.

“It is within UTM constitution to introduce Council for the elderly, we don’t want the elderly to be beggars, W e will soon come out clear to Malawians on what this council shall comprise,” he said.

Chilima maintained his pledge  to introduce pension scheme for all Malawians aged 65 years and above so that it mitigates the hardships associated with the elderly.

The UTM leader said the expected scheme would cater for every person regardless of whether they were employed or not.

“We need to put everyone over 65 years of age on pension. There’s already money for that within government. We need to take care of all our elders,” said Chilima.

Accoridng to Dr Benjamin Kaneka in his published article, although the elderly constitute only four percent of the country’s population, the count is growing. Censuses show the population has grown from 450 000 in 1998 to 650 000 now.

“As the number continues to rise, the most prevalent challenge facing the senior citizens is poor health. With old age comes reduced physical ability and increased vulnerability to diseases and stresses.

“The elderly are increasingly prone to degenerative diseases that subject them to chronic illnesses requiring long-term medication and more specialised healthcare support,” he wrote.

During the UTM meetings, the Vice-President also bemoaned  that  the Democrtaic Progressive Party (DPP) led government has not made any making effort to help coffee farmers in Chitipa to have access of exporting their coffee which is their cash crop.

He then promised to make sure that coffee from Misuku is exported to other countries just like Mzuzu Coffee.

Chilima also said his government would promote mechanized farming where cooperatives would access farm machinery such as tractors to be used at cooperative level.

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Mtima uwawa
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Mtima uwawa

Akamuna boma lanu ili Ana achepa

Auzeni aziwe..

CESSPOOL SIMALOTO
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CESSPOOL SIMALOTO

Katundu mwana wamfundo zozama take our nation to the next level your leadership will snap the myth that the presidency is the gown for Southerners because you’ve got the intellectual capacity

Duduzane
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Dpp ma promises 73.palibe ndi limodzi lomwe apanga. Ndiye pano agogo akufuna pomazafika 2023 malawi ndi Europe ndendende. Mutu wanu agogo

Malodza
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Nchilima ndi mbuzi. He doesn’t know how social security works. Does he know that America wants to do away with social security street hundreds of years.
Don’t chest Malawians you fool

cool heads
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cool heads

@Malodza
If you don’t know, USA is amongst the countries that has failed its citizens when it comes to social walfare – it cant even match up to Republic of Ireland (a small country with the best social walfare system for its citizens) …so what are you talking about? If America wants to do away with social security its simply because they can’t manage it properly….

mugemezulu
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Malonjezo a mene A Malawi akughafuna kuti amve fundo zomwe zizathandize sogolo la a Malawi. Bwana pelekani zilowe ndi kukwa agonthi omwe

Mwananyanian
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Mwananyanian

… and the source of the free money? Please explain Mr “HARDtalk” Chilima.
And, you know what? Malawians are not stupid – anachenjera. They know lies when said by desperate would-be politicians like you! Asa.

BigMan
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BigMan

We can start with the MK145 million of 500 billion that your cashgate president has been pocketing.

How many over 65’s are there kuti mukaope kupeleka ma k15,000?

There is plenty of money around, DPP just needs to stop stealing it.

Mwananyanian
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Mwananyanian

@BigMan:
Ok. Let’s do the math:
-pop of over 65 yrs of age est. at 2.8%
-that is around 500000 (conservative)
-at 15K a pop, total monthly bill is 7.5 Billion – that is Billion with a B
-total yearly bill 90Billion.
Again where is your “HARDtalk” Chilima going to get that money from?
A credible answer would be appreciated – not just a broad claims.

BigMan
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BigMan

7.5 billion is not a lot of money, your government just found 4 billion to share amongst MP’s which was apparently just lying around. Ndiye ikavute 7.5?

Mwananyanian
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Mwananyanian

@BigMan: Koma ndithu inu mpaka believing that is doable under the present or even near future circumstances? You’re smart: you whittled the number to 7.5B/month instead of 90B/year! Kikiki Here is another way of looking at it:- The Big Three in the latest budget were Education-235B, Agriculture-192B and Health-129B PER YEAR. And, you know as well as I do that these numbers were NOT fulfilled as many teachers, Agriculture field staff and nurses weren’t getting paid for several consecutive months. Which means there was NO money. Period. (Corruption is never stopped at once anywhere!) Taking Health, as an example, there… Read more »

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Kamuzu Banda anali akatundu basi, MCP inalinga itaona pomwe imayambisa mabungwe onse akugwa pansi pa boma. Lero ADMARC ikulephera kugula mbeu kwa alimi chifukwa chokanika kuyendesa bwino kwa boma.

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Shaft Sachapandimadzi

Malegeninso muzagawa aulere. Cool down Mr. Promise….

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Chemjambe

Pangani zanu, Ife zathu ndizimenezi

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