Malawi govt rebuffs Councillors demand for 150% honorarium hike

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Tarciscious Gowelo, has trashed councillors demands in for  a 150 percent hike in their honorarium in order to be getting a minimum of K200 000 per month from the current K80 000.

Gowelo: There is now way we could give motor vehicle loans
Gowelo: There is now way we could give motor vehicle loans

Meeting the councillors’ demands would increase the councillors’ allocation in terms of honorarium from K36.9 million to K92.4 million per month.

Mzuzu City mayor William Mkandawire, who is also Malawi Local Government Association (Malga) second vice-president, said councillors want an increase in the honorarium as “the cost of living has risen. Prices for different commodities are increasing.”

The councillors have also been demanding motor vehicle loans.

But speaking to reporters on Monday, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development said government cannot manage to disburse motor vehicle loans.

He also dismissed the increase of honorarium, saying government does not have the capacity to accommodate any honorarium increment because the 2014/15 National Budget does not have a provision for increased councillors’ honorarium.

Gowelo said the ministry will follow on what is contained in the councillor’s conditions of service.

On the reviewing of Local Government act as suggested by stakeholders, Gowelo said the ministry’s door is open for any suggestions.

Some of the demands are that they want to be administering the Constituency Development Fund a proposal which has also been trashed by the ministry, saying that MPs are a mandated to do the job under their assistance.

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peter
peter
5 years ago

Ndi Makhansala omwe akufuna ndalama? Kodi ukhansala ndimayesa ndi vuluntery work. Ndicthitoimeneyo yofunira ndalama zambirimbiri? Ukkhansala ndi ntchito yachifundo , ndiponso K80,000.00 honororia yachuluka kwambiri. Ndiyechifukwa chake Malemu Bingu amakana zopusazo.2019 kusazakhale makhansala bola ma MP omwewa basi chifukwa amalowa ku parliament

M'Malawi weniweni
M'Malawi weniweni
5 years ago

Ife timayenda bwanji pansi kulephera ndi kugula ndi njinga yomwe? Ngati amalowera u councilor ndi cholinga chofuna kulemera atule pansi undindo azipanga business ndiye alemera. Sizotidyera masuku pamutu.

M'Malawi weniweni
M'Malawi weniweni
5 years ago

Can you believe that up to now teachers are not paid their October salaries? How do they expect them to survive? Ndiye ena oduka mitu akufuna 150% and motor vehicle loans? What for? No wonder these people scramble for these positions to get rich at the poor man’s expense? What have these councilors done to deserve this? Ndalamazo ngati zilipo mupatse aphunzitsi omwe akugwira ntchito yotamandika ngakhale sayamikidwa but know that for anyone to hold any office, s/he has to thank a teacher. Ntchito yopanda qualification imeneyo yomwe akufunira ndalama zonsezo? Tulani pansi u councillor’wo ena apitirize.

ZOVUZEDI
ZOVUZEDI
5 years ago

I don’t understand y a JCE/MSCE holder should get more than double the salary of a proffessional certifiicate holder.This is demotivating.There is no logic.

MMALAWI
MMALAWI
5 years ago

ma counselor musatibowe mwamva ,ma professionals a m’boma muwaposa k80 thousand skul mulibe mutibowe mbuzi inu

Jelbin mk
Jelbin mk
5 years ago

It is not appropriate for councillors to demand such an increase in perks or honorarium as you choose to call it of which I disagree calling it because a councillor is not a volunteer as many think and believe a councillor is a public official who serves as an MP does. A volunteer is not chosen on through a ballot box or paper,who ever is chosen through a ballot box such as a president,an MP or councillor can or should not be deemed as a volunteer because these people do invest in campaigning for their offices they put in alot… Read more »

jemah
5 years ago

eeeeeh mwayambakale nthawi yomweyi?

Caroline Chatimba
Caroline Chatimba
5 years ago

When you have people who take up positions just for the money and have no concept of the economic status of their country this is what happens. Please remind these people it’s an honorarium and not a salary. Let the look up the word and get understanding. How do you ask for an increase on any job when you have just been hired???? Sick!!!!

MANDEVU
5 years ago

I am very suprised as to why all councillors are not paying income tax to the Govt in the holy name of volunteers and that they receive honoralium. Does a volunteer get a fixed monthly whooping payment of MK80,000 from Govt coffers? While people at ILLOVO and other companies of similar nature get wages every fortnight and yet they honour their income tax demands by the Govt. Is Hon Goodall Gondwe serious enough on this arrangement? But why Govt has introduced corporate taxes of K1,700 (K700 to Maneb + K1000 for photos) on Primary School Candidates who will sit for… Read more »

wa ku Mitchesi kujaaa!
wa ku Mitchesi kujaaa!
5 years ago

Now, doubters of late Ngwazi Bingu, doubt him no more. The man had foresight; and he stalled on district councillorships only after sound advice from economists and planners. Then came JB; that clueless accidental president. She set in motion revival of these positions. I don’t know who she was appeasing. But some suspect her lack of knowledge on these type of issues, and the fact that she never understood any concrete advice; and she might as well have just flipped a coin! I hope APM and the new DPP government will just extinguish these positions, so that they are non-existent… Read more »

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