Malawi Parliament nods to pension scheme: PP’s Chikalimba moved the motion

Elderly people whose age are from 65 and above will from next year start getting a monthly pension of K20 000 from government after Parliament in Lilongwe unanimously passed a state old-age pension scheme.

The motion was moved by Zomba Chingale MP John Chikalimba of Peoples Party (PP).

Most of the members of parliament who spoke favoured the private member’s motion and both the government and opposition unanimously passed the bill into the law on Thursday morning.

However, Minister of Gender, Children and Community Services Cecelia Chazama said such an initiative was a duplication as the elderly were getting a monthly allowance through the social cash transfer scheme.

The bill will now enable all the elderly get the money except those on government pension scheme.

Reads the motion: “That considering the numerous challenges which the elderly face in the country such as high level of chronic illness,widowhood, disability as well as inadequate financial support, this Houseresolves that as is the case in Zambia, Kenya and Botswana, all senior citizens who are 65 years old and above,  but are not on pension, should be receiving a monthly allowance of K20,000.”

Critics however say the Malawi economy is too small to accommodate such an ambitious scheme.

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mtete
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mtete

The May 2019 Elections campaign is bringing in all sorts of ridiculous laws. Trouble is that whenever mediocre policies are introduced in parliament, all MPs lose all senses of reason and no one speaks sense, just like they would do if it were a proposal to up their allowances.

Silly lot!

BigMan
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BigMan

Remember when Chilima instructed government at one of his rallies to reverse the price increase on fuel, well once again they have said yes Mr President and reduced the fuel price!!!

Zinenani Zoona
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Zinenani Zoona

FLOP. YES FLOP.

Malawi budget for 2018-19 is K1.5trillion.
People over 65yrs total: 515,000. At K20,000 a month, total monthly is K10billion, annual: K123billion. Education allocated K166billion, health: K86billion. Is it wise to allocate K123bil to elderly just to be like rich countries?

Dipipi
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Dipipi

A house maid and a watchman getting same pecks like the elderly kkkkkkk. Misallocation of resources

ELIJAH VERSUS BAAL
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MULA MULA MULA MULA
PUMANI MWAKULA !! THESE SYSTEMS /IDEAS NEED TO BE HANDLED BY YOUNG VIGILANT /VIBRANT /VISIONARY LEADERS KKKKK

Ambuje Kukaya
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Ambuje Kukaya

This is welcome idea. After all, how many Malawians really are aged 65 and above given our low life expectancy?

dan
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dan

Long live Chilima, you talk they implement. Had they kept you in their fold they should have been making progress in wiining more Malawians to themselves.
Please auzenso china apanga kkkkkkkkkkkkkk koma mwana iwee ugwetsatu nkhalambaaaaa kkkkkkk

Katakwe
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In the US the medical care which the Republicans and their President Trump have tried to erase and failed is called Obama Care because it was Barack Obama’s brainchild. So, in Malawi let’s call this pension scheme, ” Chilima Pension Scheme”. We want the media to popularize this the way you popularized cashgate.

Msasa
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Msasa

what will chilima now do if all his promises are being fulfilled by DPP?

Bingu wa Mutharika
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Bingu wa Mutharika

John Chikalimba is from Zomba Changalume and not Chingale

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