Malawi Islamic Commission asks Mutharika to intervene on strikes

Islamic Commission for Justice and Freedom through its spokesman Yusuf Yaasi has called upon President Peter Mutharika to urgently intervene on the ongoing strikes in the country.

President Mutharika : Aasked to intervene

President Mutharika : Aasked to intervene

From courtroom staff on strike for the past five months to primary school teachers boycotting classes to obtain salaries not paid for the past six months, labour militancy appears to be on the rise. Last week, supporting staff of the University of Malawi launched a sit in to demand a 45 percent salary hike.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau is also seeing a job action over wages while the Bureau chief says the office has been underfunded for investigations into the Cashgate scandal that brought down former president Joyce Banda.

Amidst the walkouts and slowdowns, huge pay raises recently sailed through parliament for ministers and lawmakers, doubling salaries from $1,150 to $3,000 monthly—or 168 percent plus fuel and housing allowances. Deputy Ministers’ salaries were doubled as were those of the 193 lawmakers who comprise the Malawi parliament. They also receive 1,000 litres per month in fuel allowance.

Ironically, in August the President rejected a salary hike for ministers calling them “unethical. “

In a statement made available to Nyasa Times, the Islamic Commission said: “If left unsolved the country is likely to plunge into anarchy rendering development unattainable.”

The commission says it is condemning the tendency of intervening in cases which are in the courts, saying this always jeopardize the court process which eventually affects the court rulings.

“The commission is asking the government to act professionally by not intervening in any way in cash gate issue which we believe is only being handled by Anti-Corruption Bureau, the police and the court.”

The commission it is however very much worried with the government intervention in the cash gate case.

“We could see last time in the Lutepo claims and now we heard that government has surrendered CCTV footage to the ACB. Now our question is “Did the ACB asked this information from government? If yes who is supposed to handover the footed, is it the Government? The court? Or the police? The answer still remains unknown.”

The Commission has also asked Parliamentarians to forgo the salary  increment if their responsibility is really to serve the interests of their respective constituents.

“The commission is further asking leader of opposition [Lazarous  Chakwera] to voluntarily reject the new salary adjustment as one way of showing passion to the people of this Nation,” reads the statement  by Yaasi.

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Chilungamo Chimawawa
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tingoyitana Alshababu igwirepo ntchito kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Solution
Guest

China developed when they did away with the stupid system called democracy.our stupid judges want more money yet they do little work and play golf. we need to suspend the stupid democracy and let the president guide this country. Those who are ready to work for the offered salaries should come and work and those unwilling should buzz off and start doing their own things. Judges have degrees yet there are people with masters being paid less and feel contented because they are patriotic.

Good citizen
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Who is good then Colonists were bad, Kamuzu was bad, Bakili was bad, Bingu was bad, Joyce Banda just two years was voted out because you said she was bad, today barely 6months we are talking, writing that Peter is bad, are we serious Malawians, if this continues Malawi government will never develop. Too much Jealous, why cant we be part of the solution. SHAME ON MALAWI.

kapambwe
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Bring isis let’s behead all these crooks before they finish our economy. Kkkkk.

Mchawa
Guest

Iwe Nyapapi had it been kuti sukulu yanu ya ulomweyo it’s worthy anything than kudya mpungako ndiye bwenzi mukumakhala ma clueless leaders only surviving on the mercy and little advice of that big mchawa from Kapoloma? To hell ndi sukulu than zopanda ntchito ku mtundu wa Malawi zo. JB mchawa was far much better than your so called Obama’s lecturer. Soon the Babylon will fall once again if you chose to fight the so called brave clan like achawa. Give Malawians the the solution of the current administrative crisis created by the head Nyapapi not zonyoza anzanu apa.

khenzo wa mangochi
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wachamba iwe ndikuti woyambawe ukhalira yomweyo yopilira kma mavuto akupitilirabe

John lolesi
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Its true. A Petulowa amangolekerera zinthu mpaka zimafika povuta. Anthu a mmakhotiwa akupempha 30% yokha koma ayi ndithu osawapatsa pomwe iwo eni azipatsa ma 367%, 168%, 80%. Palibe chilungamo apa.

Nanyerho Dungu
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Pedro is a real nigga in da making! Malawi’s Boko Haram should just concentrate on converting the Tumbukas ahead of federalism. Pedro can withstand the pressure frm strikes. Ali ndi magowero ogonamo pa dziko lose lapansi. Emulekhe mapwiya okurupare!

bigman
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Criticism criticism criticism, let us be part of the solution, the colonists were bad, Kamuzu bad, Bakili bad, Bingu bad, Joyce banda the only woman president bad, Peter is bad, even if Atupele or Chakwera comes will be bad who will be good, SHAME on MALAWI. Why cant we stop pointing fingers all the time. Lets critique based on FACTS no MOTIVES. God bless Malawi

Matokoso
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We are in this mess because of the interventions of the presidents in the past. Let the people responsible of fixing the salary mess do there work without undue influence.

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