Councillors want 250% pay rise: Increase in loans, fuel allocation and airtime

The country’s 462 ward councillors have come out of their cocoon demanding a 250 percent raise in their monthly honoraria from the current K100 000 to K350 000, arguing that the present rates are way below.

Blantyre Mayor, his deputy and fellow councillors are demanding a 250 percent raise in their monthly honoraria

The  councilors made this known during a news conference  in the capital Lilongwe that they would be comfortable if government considered raising their honoraria, entitlements such as loans, fuel allocation and airtime.

Further, in their demand, the councillors want to have health insurance at government expense.

Nyasa Times understands that in March this year government, through the Ministry of Local Government, agreed to raise the salaries of the councilors to K100 000 and started approving motorcycle loans of about K1.5 million.

Spokesperson of the concerned councilors, Alexander Cosmas, said they needed the raises since it is them that are closest to people in the villages unlike their colleagues the parliamentarians.

“Consider what we do on the ground. Our wards reach directly to us almost on everyday basis unlike our brothers [parliamentarians]. And to deliver accordingly, surely government needs to increase our pay,” said councilor Cosmas.

Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development spokesperson Muhlabase Mughogho could not immediately comment  on the demands.

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Ma Cadet
Ma Cadet
1 year ago

Go get a real job!!!

Sahara
Sahara
1 year ago

What do these councilors do? I don’t even know the councilor in my area. I have never heard of him/her.

Ambele Kwacheni Banda
Ambele Kwacheni Banda
1 year ago

The question is do Malawi, maka makansalawa know udindo wao. Penanso nkumati bola makansala asakhalepo
poti a MP akumapanga zomwezo za ukansalazo. In Malawi kansala sasiyana ndi nthumwi ya mfumu palibe cholozeka

innocent
1 year ago

ok ,so the point is they are very close to their subjects hence the increase is needed.very simple let them dive deep into details statistics, the relation of closeness to the subjects how does it correlate with the Mk350 asked?let them prove their point ,be transparent enough to air it on legal media platforms for citizen s to digest only after that then the government can make an informed decision. It’s dictatorial to say that’s too much and zonyoza zolemba zilibe u phindu, simply search further the motive behind this will be uncovered. Justifiable or Dyela ziziwika

William Chirwa
1 year ago

NICE!!! Where are you? Am calling loudly for NICE coz it appears that civic education on Malawi is non exitant. Imagine people who are supposed to be in the know seem not to know what they are and are supposed to be. Councillors get honoraria and honoraria which is Latin means an ex gratia payment made to person mostly in a volunteer basis. On the other hand MP are there not to interact with the people home but make laws scrutinise government activities be it financial blah blah. There the volunteer wants to equate his salary to fully employ persons… Read more »

Ochakwera
Ochakwera
1 year ago

If this happens forget me paying any city rates. I pay to help the city function and not to enrich some fools

Observer
Observer
1 year ago

They need this pay raise, I guess so that they should not be the first on the list for the relief items meant for the poor in the villages.

Don Master
Don Master
1 year ago

If you want money go and apply for a job. Ukhansala si ntchito koma u volunteer. You fools don’t get a salary mmangopatsidwa chipondamthengo ndiye simungati fwefwe ndalama yachepa. Vuto lolowa ndale kuti ikhale ngati ntchito yanu ndiuku. Ngati ndalama zachepa ndati lemebelani ntchito kuti muzipeza salary osati kuyembekezela kuti mulemera ndi misonkho yathu. Ndipo njinga yamoto mufunazo mpaka za 5million?

Igwe
Igwe
1 year ago

Kikikikikikiki ward councillors must be crazy, firstly they should know better that they are not getting salary its just a honoraria nothing else unless you have forget you are not employed, ok. Secondly your work is more of voluntary than being forced. If you like go and sink below the lake we do not care. If you like apply the actual jobs in the market and tell the community how good you are to be getting 400,000.00 stupid ward councillors who the hell do you think you are? ANd you will a certain clueless politician to get cheap votes accepting… Read more »

Tuntyufe
Tuntyufe
1 year ago

Really?

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