Ex-Minister campaigns for ’benefits’: Malawi retired political holders should have pension

Former cabinet minister and legislator Moses Dossi is in a crusade to convince government to start paying pension for retired political office holders.

Dossi: We should not die like chickens

Dossi: We should not die like chickens

Chakuamba: Living on alms

Chakuamba: Living on alms

He told Capital Radio that he has already written the Presidency, Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya, leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera, cabinet ministers and all members of parliament to consider his proposal.

“Look, former cabinet ministers and MPs die like chickens once they leave office. They are used and dumped. Late John Zingale had to put up advertisements in newspapers soliciting support to pay hospital bills yet he had been MP for five years,” he said.

His proposal is unlikely going to be considered by the government because of the current down turn economic situation and legislators and cabinet ministers are put on lucrative contracts with high monthly pay, handsome allowances, attractive medical scheme and other mouth watering benefits.

But Dossi claimed all the money that cabinet ministers and MPs make while in office are used for political campaigns and helping constituents who demand coffins and vehicles to ferry the sick.

“I am not fighting this for myself but for other people. Imagine Gwanda Chakuamba had to go on television to tell the nation that he is living in chronic poverty. The President (Peter Mutharika) felt pity and sent him a fat envelope (of money). Do we expect JZU, Robson Chirwa, and Louis Chimango to do the same?” asked Dossi rhetorically.

The once party presidential pretender who challenged Bakili Muluzi at UDF party polls said it is sad former cabinet ministers and MPs are humiliated once they leave office, saying their diplomatic passports are snatched away and kicked out of the VIP airport lounges.

“We are talking of a person who just days, weeks or months ago was chauffer driven. They can’t just snatch away our diplomatic passports as if we are thieves. We need to be respected. We once made crucial decisions for the nation,” said Dossi.

He said there was need to change the Constitution to include thus, saying the life state benefits should not be extended to former head of states and former vice presidents only.

Dossi insisted Malawi can afford this extravagant venture, arguing Malawi is not poor but Malawians are.

He said no one has so far responded to his letters.

Asked if he was too broke that he needed to be put on state welfare, he answered back, “no.”

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Malawi ndiwabwino ?
Guest

Polticians are so selfish. Mw will never develop coz of selfshness of these pple

mtitimira
Guest

zachamba basi were you civil servant? what contribution tnwards nation development did you make? maallowance aja atha.

William mzunga
Guest

mp’s r not employed nor have contract with Malawi government zaka 5 mukufuna pension mwanama dyera ma mp

Renegade
Guest

This is coming from a sena who is greedy, wants everything to himself even his sisters. I am privedged to have stayed and closely interracted with most politicians and they believe to be immortal. They can do anything including killing, practising satanic rituals, like John Bande who sleeps with his sisters in order to keep themselves into power. When all that falls apart they seek the same people to feed them.
These fools have stolen much from us, if they cant save n invest they shud not waste our precious time with their nonsense

Brisa
Guest

Inu bwanji simumadzikonzera nokha retirement home and package with some businesses here and there? Mumakomedwa ndi ndale m’malo moti bwenzi mukugwira ntchito zokonza tsogolo lanu. Ndiye pano mukufuna boma likupangireni chani? masewera eti…pano boma ma priotrities ali thoo ndiye alimbane ndi inu? Inunomwe muli m’boma mumasakaza ndalama pa zinthu za zii, pano ndiye mwati ndalama zake azitenga kutiko?..Pepani akuluakulu..

Nansani wa chingoni
Guest

PLEASE LIAISE WITH OLD MUTUAL AND WORK ON A CONTRIBUTORY PENSION FUND!! AAAAH!!!!

kangulu
Guest

ZAUTSIRU ZIMENEZO, M’MENE ANALI PA MAUDINDO AMAPANGA ZOTUMBWA ANTHU AKUMUDZI WOSAWERENGERA, TSONO LERO ZAKUVUTANI MUKUTI CHANI? IFE A PANTCHITO TIMADULIDWA NDALAMA YA PENSION, INU ZANU MUMANGOCHINDIRA AKAZI NDIKUMWA MOWA TSONO MUKUFUNA A MALAWI AZIKUTHANDIZANI PAMENE INU SIMUNKALIPILIRAKO NGAKHALE NDI WANI TAMBALA YOMWE. VUTIKANI KUMENE, MUKUKOLORA ZIMENE MUNAFESA NDIBWINONSO CHIFUKWA KUMUDZIKONSO SIMUMATHANDIZA ANTHU NDIYE LERO MUKUFUNA ANTHU AKUMUDZI WOMWEWO AZIKUGULIRANI NIMA?

manyazi
Guest

No wonder no one could respond to such selfish motive.U ar th very few people behind poor economy and u stil want to continue betrayng malawians.Do u politicians think God watches u? Ulibe chison ndi anthu akuvutikiramu?Iwe waumphawi?Che-Dosssiiiiihhh

Time will tell
Guest

I only agree with the cabinet crisis families part. Zinazo nde ayi

wakummawa mario
Guest

Doss, marhoko a mayoo namanyepwanapwa wee!!ufuna uzipitilizabe kulandira ndalama? pa malawi pano ukupaona bwinobwino? munadya ndiye mufuna muzidyabe koma pankholo pako ndi onse akutumawo uwauze kuti panyo pawo

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