Malawi Muslim body hails rejection of minister’s pay-hike bid

A local religious grouping, Islamic Commission for Justice and Freedom (ICJF) is commending Malawi President Peter Mutharika for rejecting the 600% salary hike demand by the cabinet ministers.

In a statement made available Nyasa Times the organization has argued that there other serious issues to be looked into rather that of those few individuals.

Mutharika and hos cabinet: Living posh
Mutharika and hos cabinet: Living posh

“There are serious issues to be looked into in this country as many public hospitals in the country are running without drugs, other government departments are lacking even stationary, then asking for 600% salary adjustment is a mockery and insult to Malawians,” reads part of the statement.

The ICJF which recently criticized Mutharika administration for sidelining Muslims in the appointments of public servants said the minister’s demand is a clear picture that ministers are in these positions for selfish means.

The commission is reminding the ministers that the president entrusted them in those position to serve the nation and not to enrich themselves.

“We all know that the country is sailing through a financial crisis and our president is trying to do all he can to make sure that some funds are served for better use, how can the ministers  ask for such huge amount of money, after all much of the work is done by principle secretaries,” reads the statement.

The Islamic grouping therefore supported the stand of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) which asked the president to fire all these ministers.

Secretary General for this ICJF, Hassan Chimwala told Nyasa Times that buy rejecting the president’s has shown maturity and his commitment in uplifting the country’s economy.

“The rejection is a clear manifestation of government commitment in transforming the country into an independent socio-economic nation,” he said.

The “officially” leaked memo reference number CS/S/002 signed by the then Acting Chief to Government, Willie Samute, proposes that the new salaries for a full minister to be at 3.5 Million Kwacha from 600, 000 Kwacha per a month while the deputies get 3 Million Kwacha from 428, 000 Kwacha.

However the Executive Director of Consumers Association of Malawi John Kapito wondered how the president who chairs the cabinet meetings can rejects the proposal he presided over.

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