Malawi MPs snub CSOs, to go ahead with allowance hike

Members of parliament say they will go ahead with their decision to hike their daily sitting allowances and continue to have vehicle duty free status despite threats of protests from some civil society organisations (CSOs).

Members of parliament  cheerful with increase in their salaries and allowances

Alex Meja, the chairman of the legislators’ welfare committee said the CSOs protesting against the allowance hike and the motor vehicle tax exemption status are not well informed.

“Members of parliament are suffering. Their take home pay cheque is pathetic. They are paying K16 million in loans,” said Meja.

The legislators want an allowance hike from K50000 to K80000 per day which the CSOs  say is immoral taking into the state of the economy as most people are struggling to survive.

In an going budget sitting of Parliament, legislators had asked for a 10 percent increase to their salaries and allowances.

They also pressed government to top up on constituency and local development funds (CDF and LDF), now that development projects have stalled and as they need to complete the projects in a few months—before the Tripartite Elections next year.

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ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT

Oooh God please Remove the scales of blindness from the eyes of my fellow MALAWIANS so that we can see that BUSHIRI IS the only Answer to the hardships the country is facing otherwise We will regret /suffer like never before in human history
PLEASE PAC CSOS CHIEFS CHURCH LEADERS CHIEFS PARENTS YOUTHS INVITE BUSHIRI TO COME AND HELP GOVERN THE COUNTRY AS WAS THE CASE WITH KAMUZU
THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN IS NOW
MAY GOD BLESS OUR LAND

braveheart
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Bushiri should sell everything he has & distribute the proceeds to the poor as scriptures said ‘it is easy for a camel to go thru the whole of a needle than for a rich man to go to heaven’. Where does ur man stand? After all the owner of the gospel he says he stand for never participated in politics..where do u stand my friend?

365 watch 24/7
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365 watch 24/7

When it comes to money, our MPs they speak the same language.am afraid there is alot that needs change.An increase in constiuency development fund and now this.

The truth is that our members of parliament are not responsible, selfish minded creatures. Ma allowance mukutenga ochuluka koma kuzokambirana simukupezekako. A big shame

chimanga chaponda
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The only language that all parties in Parliament agree on is Money…. Mbava zokhazokha

Makolija
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Makolija

Very sad! Mr Meja you are so pathetic, who took the K16million loan you are talking about? In fact you got K32million and got half of it for free out of my tax!

Mulungu akoledzeretu moto wokakuwotchani nawo 5 years before throwing you in kuti ukolere bwino!

pathfinder
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pathfinder

Look at this? These MPs are being greedy. Surprisingly enough, dyerali silili kwa ma mp a DPP okha ngakhalenso otsutsa. Makamaka awo a MCP amazitcha HOLY HOLY. Ahg nonse andale ndiinu adyera baasi.

Nandau
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Nandau

That’s why some of us say the entire political party system is rotten – not one person, group of politicians or one party.

santana
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santana

The Catholic church should issue a Pastoral Letter on this issue.

Hutton
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Hutton

The pathetic take home pay resulting from loan repayment is not a valid argument. The decision to take loans was personal and varied from MP to MP. The decision to increase the daily allowances is equally valid but the amount must be based on auditable basis. My suggestion is we take what it takes to spend a night at a hotel and also the cost spend at a decent lodge for a night. The average of the two could be reasonable. I find K80,000 per day on the lower side. I don’t want to see our Honourable MPs going to… Read more »

scheppeter
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scheppeter

KODI MA CIVIL SERVANTS AMALANDIRA ZINGATI AKAMAPITA KU FIELD ?

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

MPs should only accept below or par inflation salary increments. 10% is above-inflation increment therefore should be revised downwards. However, we all know that MPs are in parliament not for the love of its people but rather for selfish reasons. They’re there to align their pockets. Don’t be fooled…..they can’t be investing large of money on campaigns and not get a return on their investments. Malawi politics is big business. The richest people in Malawi are in politics. You go figure!

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