Malawi govt give chiefs 100 percent increase on honoraria

Government has doubled the honoraria for traditional leaders in the country, just a month after UTM party leader Saulos Chilima said at public rally that the traditional leaders were receiving peanuts as allowances which he said should be increased to meet the rising cost of life.

Government has announced a 100 percent increase to honoraria paid to chiefs.

According to a letter from the secretary for Human Resources Management and Development, paramount chiefs will now be getting K100, 000 a month up from K50, 000.

Senior chiefs will now smile all the way to the bank with K60, 000 from K30, 000, traditional authorities will now get K36, 000 from K18, 000, sub-chiefs will get K16,000 from K8,000, group village headmen will get K10, 000 from K5,000 whilst village headmen will get K5,000 from K2, 500.

The new honoraria is with immediate effect, according to the memo dated December 4, 2018.

Other quarters of society say this is just electioneering by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ahead of the highly competitive May 21, 2019 tripartite elections.

Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) on the other hand advised councils to start deducting 10 percent withholding tax from honoraria paid to chiefs.

The honoraria payments are subject to pay as you earn (Paye) and withholding tax, respectively, according to the Taxation Act.

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CHILIMA EFFECT

Mangochi legend
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Mangochi legend

but the chiefs have been asking for perks increase for many years

now their perks have been raised and you are saying its apolitical move…… Malawi? chili chonse ndale?

when shall we start seeing things with positive mindset?

Make Malawi Great
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Make Malawi Great

simple answer to your question when they start raising salaries, constructing roads and everything they doing now for votes before campaign periods!! imagine how malawi would have been by now if they did that before now we would have had flyover roads and stable electricity!! wake up

Chris Kho
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Chris Kho

This was already mentioned in the budget.Do some research please.

chakwana chakwana
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chakwana chakwana

so government was seriously paying a chief K2500 per month? HMMM and chiefs seriously backing these devils? Umbuli ndi matendadi

CitizenX
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CitizenX

So if you increase chiefs salaries then automatically all the chiefs subjects will vote for dpp, hahahahahahaha another stupid move by dpp on auto drive. only these chiefs will vote for you, while their subjects are suffering cant sell nandolo, maize, tobacco etc, unemployment, bad schools, no meds in hospitals etc etc etc. why did you wait 4 years to upgrade these salaries ha, so you take these chiefs for a bunch of fools hahahaha am sure most of them wont even vote for you bustards. PAY THOSE TEACHERS TOO THEN.

Msasa
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Msasa

By the time we get to elections in May 2019, the government will have implemented all that Chilima has been saying he will do..

Gama
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Gama

All Chilima’s ideas have been stolen from the cabinet, budget and current parliamentary bills. Go and check the budget 2018/2019 and bills such as one legalising cannabis growing. A bill takes time to come into fruition. So, Chilima is basically a charlatan whose dishonest utterances and soundbites are believed by people who are gullible – and if I dare say FOOLISH.

Mwananyanian
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Mwananyanian

It shouldn’t take a very smart person to figure out that Chillima plans are simply stolen from Cabinet meetings he was privy to.
Then he tells his no-so-smart followers that those ideas are his own.
Kuzipopa baasi.

Cashgate1
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Cashgate1

Can somebody ask teachers to demand there cut as well. Govt has cash, amasowa nayo chochita

Make Malawi Great
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Make Malawi Great

Chilima can you please also say at your rallies that the internet tax is expensive we need the govt to bring afford access to data at the comfort of our homes kkkkkkkkkkkk

Wawa
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Wawa

Government is already working on that with the super broadband cable project. Chilima knows that already.

Thyolo Thava boy
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Why not use the money to promote the teachers who have upgraded themselves from certificate to diploma/degree? Teachers are holding a vigil right there at the capital hill you are just ignoring them. This government is indeed clueless.

Zolinga Osati Maloto
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Zolinga Osati Maloto

The answer to your question is simple. Teachers influence the minds of people who are too young to vote; chiefs influence the minds of potential voters. Consequently, if your primary aim is to get re-elected, it makes much more sense to buy chiefs than to buy teachers. In any case, there are far fewer chiefs than teachers, so buying chiefs is the cheap choice.

Kanonono
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Kanonono

This is how public money is aimlessly spent. Do we really have to spend taxpayers’ money paying these people? Shall we award them for promoting witchcraft? Wouldn’t the money for paying all traditional leaders be better spent on improving healthcare, education, water services as well as roads? What a shame?

Selamat
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Selamat

. . . not if you have only one short-term goal: re-election.

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