Malawi govt asks UNDP to increase allowances for  National ID registration workers

Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Grace Chiumia has said the government has asked for extra funding from UNDP to increase the daily allowance for those working for the national identity registration.

Chiumia: UNDP are yet to respond

Chiumia told parliament on Thursday that the government would like to increase the daily allowance from the current K10, 000 per day to K20, 000 per day.

“K20, 000 is the minimum allowance for the juniors in government,” she said.

Her remarks come at a time when the National Registration Bureau temporary workers have given the bureau up to one week to increase the allowances saying the K120, 000 per month for juniors and K150, 000 for supervisors was not enough due to the escalating cost of life.

Chiumia conceded in parliament that K10, 000 daily allowance was not enough to cater for food, accommodation and other essentials in view of the escalating cost of life.

However she said the UNDP, which is funding the national identity project, along with other donors, are yet to respond to the request but she was upbeat they would respond positively.

The registration exercise is facing a lot of challenges, including mass resignation of staff due to the low allowances.

Chiumia however said although the project is facing a lot of challenges, it is going on smoothly as already 1.1 million people have already been registered in phase one of the registration exercise out of the targeted four million.

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UN mpaka kumawalipila anthu ma 10 grand? UN yake nde ya CHINA. mmene ankapanga ma plan mpaka approval ya masalary nduna ndi azinzake akuyankhula lero adali kwani. munangosayinila zanuzo basi… kulakwaka koma. ambiri akugwila ntchito imeneyi ndi ma desperate graduates.


akamaliza ntchito yotopesayi kwao apita ndi chani? ……. mwina ngongole,


These people in government know to bargain when its them to benefit.This is exploiting our own people yet this programme is vitally important to the nation.


You are going to UNDP for a national programme which is your responsibility?

Shame on you. Being colonised up to now!


What I know is that the minimum allowance people in government get per night is MK10,000 not MK20,000. MK20,000 is for senior officers from grade I to grade G


the money is these pipo are getting is not amount to evn 10 grand a day its close to 5 grand a day n that is to cater for housing and food a day in the field. So this minister shud not lie here that they are getting 10 grand. Plus this money is not allowance its 120, 000 salary which is taxable. So aftr tax the money left is about 92,000. Worse still when goin to the field the officers are given helf the money not full

God fearingly the money the workers are getting is too little. Theres no way somebody working with computers can be receiving mk150,000 or 120,000 per month these days thats almost 200 us dollars per month NO! NO ! NO !! These people are graduates with computer knowledge and you pay them like this ?? ITS UNFAIR !!

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