Malawi soldiers face allowance cuts in DRC

Soldiers from Malawi Defence Force (MDF) serving on UN peace keeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo are protesting angrily against government decision to drastically cut their United Nations sponsored allowance.

Soldier in combat operation
Soldier in combat operation

Chief of military operations Valentino Phiri confirmed soldiers are not happy with the government decision to cut allowances from the UN to fund other military operations both back in Malawi and abroad.

The government of Malawi provides the soldiers and the UN is responsible for their allowances which are wired direct to the government purse upon completion of their assignment.

“There is welfare problem within the military. We know the economy is not doing well back home but you can see the terrain our soldiers are working,” said Phiri.

The army has taken a contingent of Malawi media both from the public and private for them to see the difficult conditions the soldiers are in and dispel rumours from some soldiers who claimed the military is embezzling their allowances.

It has however transpired that the military was using some of the allowances for other operations in view of huge government budget cuts affecting all government departments.

Chairman of parliamentary committee on defence Willet Kalonga who is also in the DRC said he would lobby to parliament for more budgetary allocation to the military.

“The government should ensure that our troops are equipped. As you can see here, the forest is thick, vision is up to five metres they are in bad terrain,” he said.

Deputy defence minister Malison Ndau who is also in north Kivu with the troops said the government will always support the troops.

Soldiers stay in DRC for the UN mission for year up from eight month.

Military officials are however reluctant to disclose how much they pay  soldiers when they finish their mission nor could they say by how much the allowances have been reduced.

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Maxmos
Maxmos
6 years ago

Mukuseweretsazo ndi same kutenga galasi mmanja

Mitu yayima Pa Nyasaland
Mitu yayima Pa Nyasaland
6 years ago

Boma lipindulepo apa.why not government benefit all trainningand expenditures?

jolozakapokola
jolozakapokola
6 years ago

Guys, just overthrow the government and they should see how important you are. Otherwise, they will finish you off.

Mwenye
6 years ago

Nanu aboma osayamba mwaona anthu ot nkuwabera?MDF if this wil pass show ur work in ths gvt.

Chilikuphiri
Chilikuphiri
6 years ago

Thats not fair but may b its what u have agreed with them do it …..ine ndesindidzakuvotelaniso a president mukangovomeleza zimenezo

Kabungo
Kabungo
6 years ago

Guys, you have the guns and fighting techniques what are you waiting for? Fight the idiots who are cutting your allowances to feed their protruding bellies.

Wapolisi
Wapolisi
6 years ago

Pliz leave their allowances alone. Ntchito njophana iyi. I hate this no problem guy, idiot.

Nilibe pulobulemu Ni Masoja
Nilibe pulobulemu Ni Masoja
6 years ago

Masoja a Ku Malawi tulo. Kundoya, kupepera.

Pano mukuphunzitsa a Police za Military, Mwasanduka ma game rangers ku Dzalanyama, kenako muyamba kulondera mmipandamu, kenako tikupangani hayala mma ukwati kulondera ma K50 ofupa.

Ikakhala Ration ndiye munayiwala, ma barracks nyumba kuchepa mpaka kukagona ku rent ma solder.

Pano ka allowance koti mwapangira risk moyowanu akutapanso, kuthandizira mavuto a zachuma ku Malawi. Mwasanduka security company yoti client akalipila mwini company amatenga zonse inu nkukunyotsolerani?

Wake up from Slumber. Osapepera, Apolisi akuposani inu.

Ma Soldier a ku Malawi…..kundoya kwambiri.

ZOMBA
ZOMBA
6 years ago

ACHITA BWINO KUKUDULANI MUKUKASAMALA MAIKO A ENI KULEPHERA KUSAMALIRA NKHALANGO ZANU KUNO MBUZI ZA ASILIKALI

Imraan Sadick
6 years ago

slashing their wage is inevitable, what do they do to deserve all that money anyway?

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