Mutharika’s 10 major highlights in bold directives for Malawi Covid-19 measures

President Peter Mutharika on Saturday evening addressed  the nation to give an update on Coronavirus and new measures to be effected. Here are the 10 major highlights in the address:

Mutharika: Bold, decisive and pragmatic

 

1. Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) to reduce fuel prices with immediate effect. This move is intended to reduce transport costs.

2. Treasury to reduce salaries for the President, Cabinet Ministers & Deputy Ministers by 10% for three months.

3. Malawi Revenue Authority to open up a voluntary tax compliance window for a period of six months to allow taxpayers with arrears to settle their tax obligations in installments without penalty.

4. Provide a special fund to ADMARC to buy agricultural produce at competitive prices.

5. Establish a Relief Fund through which well-wishers, companies, and individuals can support the fight against Coronavirus, apply tax waivers on the importation of essential goods for Coronavirus management. These include personal protective equipment, hand sanitizers, soaps, water treatment chemicals and many more.

6. Reduce fees and charges on all electronic money transactions in order to promote use of electronic money transactions.

7. Ministry of Health to recruit 2,000 health workers to assist in the fight of the pandemic. And need for more soldiers and human power.

8. Treasury to increase the risk allowances for health workers as a matter of urgency.

9. Ministry of Agriculture to ensure that Auction Holdings Limited functions normally, to operate the tobacco marketing season and protect tobacco farmers.

10. Competition and Fair Trading Commission to increase surveillance & protect consumers from anyone who wants to unfairly increase prices of essential goods. People who intend to take advantage of our current situation will be punished.

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Mbonga Matoga
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Mbonga Matoga

There is Nothing in these measures that talks about how the country is prepared or how they will deal with those people who will be infected with coronavirus…. Do we have enough intensive care beds for Covid 19 cases, do we have enough ventilators, do we have enough PPE for our doctors… the answer is obvious no. Why is the president talking about reducing or removing duty tax on PPE now after people have started testing positive for covid 19 when we have had weeks and months to prepare? It seems to me that the president is more interested in… Read more »

Karim
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Karim

PERFECT plan, Mr President.

Msada
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Msada

Chakwera and CHilima achite manyazi.

Wa Nick
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Wa Nick

What has this got to do with Chakwera + Chilima.Comeon Malawi wake up!!!APM is the president at the moment and he it is asked of him to provide good service to all Malawians including to Chilima +Chakwera.
When those guys become leaders good services to the nation will be asked from them also.Serving the national is not all about DPP nor cadet thing only.

paulo
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paulo

Mr President this is in order and i salute you but some people because of their political afiliation they will talk trash dont listen to them . Godd parent never please every child in the family please note this

Che ulumba
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Che ulumba

10% is nothing knowing that you are earning fat salaries,atleast 30%/40% but anyway it’s a good gesture

Gokwe
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Gokwe

Yayi apa sibweni mwayowoyako vazeru, kwali mwapanga Dausi na mtaba palije. Panguwa Goodall, mwanamveka, Nankhumwa Ben, Lillian.
Sono msiska wa mbewu uziyamba mofulumila soya tayamba kale kuzula.
Admarc anzanu imayamba may or June koma inu Mijomba Admarc imayamba august Why?
Tithokoze apa timayesa muziti chifukwa cha Kolona zisankho ziime tikadakulumani atate kkkkk.

tiyowoye nyasulu
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tiyowoye nyasulu

while this is good but more needs to be done. I was suggesting water bill rates should be reduced because water is the main component in hygiene. Government should also monitor churches because most churches are not adhering to the reduced gatherings. The best is just to stop all church gatherings as they have done in other countries. God can not only be accessed if people go to church but God listens from his people anywhere as He is omniprsent.

Rahiman
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Rahiman

Thus the way to go Mr President hope you will increase the number off health workers to be recruited as we are already in need of them

Angoni apaphata
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Angoni apaphata

Komatu Ife a Malawi ndife omvetsa chisoni. I first saw joyful comments on FB. Ndimayesa zenizeni. That is why these politicians amatitola. The only thing I see real is 2000 health workers. The rest is empty. Who will decide by how much to reduce fuel. Inu mukuombera mfiti mmanja apa. Akayamba ma seminar mpaka six months. Increase risk allowance. Ok. By how much. Directives have conclusivity. Who will decide by how much. On council’s at least he wants recommendations on his desk in 72 hours. Zina mukuombera mmanjazi ndi mpweya basi gone with the wind

The Patriot
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The Patriot

Ukuku ndiye kupepela. Aaaaa

Malawi walero
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Malawi walero

Very childish thinking. Go to hell in a cell. Nthawi zina kumayamika nde poti umbuli ndi matenda iwe nde imodzi mwambulizo. Half loaf is better than none

Bwana Wa Ulesi
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Bwana Wa Ulesi

Big up APM

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