Malawi MPs get ‘inappropriate’ pay rise, to swim in opulence with monthly allowance doubled  to K2.2m

Despite coronavirus wreaking havoc on the  Malawi economy and depressed revenue, Members of Parliament (MPs) have handed themselves an inflation-busting a huge increases in salaries and allowance, bringing their salary bill to almost K3.4 billion in the current fiscal year from K2.4 billion in the 2019 /20 fiscal year.

MPs in perks hike: Prospering themselves and not suffering together

Even in the wake of  2020/21 national budget having an overall fiscal balance deficit of K651.5 billion – which is 9.1 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) -,allowances or MPs  have also increased to K5 billion from K2.2 billion in the previous fiscal year.

It means now each legislator will get an extra K1.1 million in allowances per month.

The increase was discussed at Parliamentary  Service Commission which unanimously agreed that legislators pay be increased from K862 4000 in basic salary to K948 640 00, allowances  for housing which were at K200 000, K400 000 on constituency allowance and K250 000 for motor vehicle maintenance have also increased.

They were also getting K150 000 as hospitality allowance and K150 000 for utility bills. The allowances totalled K1 151 860 per month but with the K1.1 million add on, the allowances have now moved to K2.2 million a month.

Parliament spokesman Ian Mwenye could not immediately comment on the matter.

But commentators who spoke to Nyasa Times   noted that that the increase is outlandish, inappropriate and has to be reversed as 193 people from one arm of government – the legislature – will be swimming in opulence at the expenses of impoverished Malawians, majority who are languishing in abject poverty.

Economics lecturer at the Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi Betchani Tchereni  said the pay rise is ‘inappropriate’ while unemployment is rising.

He said,  “it’s a privilege in many ways to serve the country.”

Centre for Financial Inclusion and Literacy Consultancy executive director Abel Mwenibanda said government  must exercise “restraint” in pay awards’ at a time when many Malawians are facing economic uncertainty.

He said this would sends the “wrong message” and highlights the economic divide in the country.

President Lazarus Chakwera is yet to put his seal of approval on the pay hike and it will be seen if he will allow the pay rise  that MPs should be prospering themselves amid the huge economic uncertainties affecting many Malawians.

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Mbewe
Mbewe
6 months ago

Malawi MPs are inconsiderate, They are selfish

Gee
Gee
6 months ago

Pankhani yodzikwedzera malipiro nde sikumakhala kusutsana, onse amamvana chimodzi, politicans u r criminals

Bauleni
Bauleni
6 months ago

Under the wise leadership of MR Chakwera. Kodi uja wama reform uja alikuti?

Mathanyula
6 months ago
Reply to  Bauleni

Chakwera and Chilima are not parliamentarians. You are accusing wrong people

Prosper
Prosper
6 months ago

Politicians will always be politicians. They are in it not for their alleged unconditional love for the poor people but for the rich pickings, full stop!

Nalingula
Nalingula
6 months ago

Very unfortunate decision…and ill timed…First Big test for President …this goes against his Servant Leadership philosophy….

Ernest Nyirenda
Ernest Nyirenda
6 months ago

Once the President approves this awkward increment, I will completely loose my trust in him and come next polling day will vote for DPP coz this is day light robbery to poor Malawians.

Hawell
6 months ago

Uku ndiye kutiyesa a malawi angoyerekeza kuvomereza izi paja ku msewu ndiye kudya kwathu tikakumana konko. Mtambo ali kuti mesa he said he joined frontline politics in order to serve malawi better let him critise this otherwise he

Mdala
Mdala
6 months ago

Perfect strategy to create 1 million jobs!

Last edited 6 months ago by Mdala
Mpunga Udya
Mpunga Udya
6 months ago

I remember growing up as a child my parents used to feed us their children first whenever food was not enough to around. They paid our school fees before buying clothes for themselves. If chakwera allows these greedy MPs to continue with their rotten behaviour of ignoring poor people’s cries, he better start packing too. He will have failed to father poor Malawians. Malawi is not for MPs. Give help to the poor first.

Zolo
Zolo
6 months ago

Tonse alliance check! You have to trade carefully. This phenominal of play wrong moves has to stop, you are sitting on time ticking bomb ready to self destruct. Malawians are watching, getting more furious with time and one day they will act BOOM!!

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