Members of parliament have asked the government to review conditions of service for tax funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC), saying they should not be drawing a monthly salary as they are not full time employees of the state rights body.
Legislators from both the government and opposition sides temporary spoke with one voice on this matter on Thursday in the House where deliberations sometimes turned hostile and violent.
“As government you can help parliament, the commissioners are not supposed to draw salary because they are not officers for the commission,” said Mzimba south west MP Khumbo Kachali.
Some MPs who spoke said the commissioners live more than a luxurious life driving very expensive cars that cabinet ministers cannot afford because the commissioners have their own jobs where they draw salaries and also draw another hefty salary and allowances at the cash strapped MHRC.
Justice minister Samuel Tembenu said conditions of service for MHRC commissioners are done by parliament.
He therefore promised to raise up the issue with Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale to pursue it.
The parliamentarians also wanted the government to move Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) headquarters to Lilongwe where all MEC commissioners are supposed to relocate.
They noted a huge sum of money is spent on MEC commissioners allowances as they shuttle from other parts of the country to Blantyre, claiming fuel, lodging and subsistence allowances, among others.
Finance minister Goodall Gondwe assured the House that MEC would move to Lilongwe.