Malawi magistrates threaten strike: CSTU censure Goodall for saying civil servants should not demand pay hike

Magistrates  across the country are expected to go on strike on February 8 should government fail to give them house allowances and arrears.

Gondwe: Annoyed civil servants when he said bluntly that civil service is a calling and those who want to get  better pay should join private sector

Association of Magistrates in Malawi spokesperson Patrick Mwamela said parliament approved the house allowance money in 2014 but the government is not giving them the money.

“Most of magistrates live in rented houses, far away from their duty of station therefore we need the money,” said Mwamela.

However, ministry of finance spokesperson Alfred Kutengule refused to comment on the matter, saying the government has not yet received a letter from the magistrates on the matter.

Government approved the 22 percent salary hike for Judges and Magistrates across the country in May 2015 after a three months long strike by Judicially staff.

Meanwhile, the Civil Service Trade Union has condemned Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe for suggesting civil servants should not demand pay hike.

Gondwe said civil service job is a calling therefore all those who want hefty pay should leave the civil service and join the private sector.

However, Civil Service Trade Union secretary general Madalitso Njolomole says the government needs to find money to increase the salaries of those working in government in view of economic turmoil the country is going through.

“We will not be talking to the honourable minister on this, we will be engaging the government negotiating team which the minister of Civil Service, His Excellency the president set up as a bridge between us and the government,” he said.

He said as much as the civil servants appreciate their job is a calling, they need not to live below the poverty line.

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Rift Valley

What do Magistrates do, anyway. However their pay is pathetic, just like what I pay my Housekeeper.
Kodi Bwana Gondwe alibe mano m’mwamba?

TRUE Malawian

I knew this would be happening in this govt.Very soon the strikes.


There will be a massive eruption of CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE very shortly in this country. Goodall and his fell GOGO APM will not be able to handle. Don’t think that people are happy with you. When everybody else is crying due the worsening economic conditions some lazy idiot decide to steal from a maize deal. And he believe he is immune from the law. Mutha monzunzika bambo Chaponda.

Elder Sage III

The economy has indeed gone to the dogs —— but calling a spade by its name, these judiciary guys amaonjeza too much, every other year strike over pay!…. are u the only ones whose services in government are critical,if at all?

We have well qualified medical doctors who are getting mere pittance, but they present their grievances in an amicable manner. I think politicians pamper you too much……………………..


DPP is full of Pharisees and Judases and Achanis and witchdoctors and Khondowes and Chapondwas ndipo sidzatheka

Kalunga Kwaja

Salary K75,000
Tax K15,000
House rent K35000
Water 6,500
Electricity K10,000
Balance K8,500
Nanga zinazo
Therefore can you see how a civil servant is living though it is a call.


Akati boma la vindere vakufikapo ndiye limeneli. Do you think with your failure to run the economy one can just get a job anyhow? Just bow out og govt. You have failed you fools

Okwiya Civil Servant

tiganizireni abwana K50,000 pa Malawi pano tipita nayo kuti?

vuyane ntanga

mwakalamba inu achitsiru a gondwe, asiyileni ana amphamvu maudindowa. mukufuna chani kwenikweni?????

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