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Malawi president rejects ministers' 600% pay-hike bid

By Sapa-AFP | Aug 26, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 17 ]

Malawian President Peter Mutharika has shot down a proposal to hike cabinet ministers' pay to almost triple his own salary, a spokesman said Tuesday, amid austerity measures following foreign aid flight.

The cabinet secretary asked for a six-fold increase of the 20 ministers' salaries to $8,800 a month to cover the higher cost of living, according to presidential spokesman Frederick Ndala.

But Mutharika "finds it unethical to raise ministers' salaries when the cost of living is not only high for them, but for every Malawian," Ndala told AFP.

Mutharika, who came to power after beating Joyce Banda in May elections, will prioritise "the improvement of living standards of civil servants," his spokesman said.

Besides roughly $1,500 in pay, ministers receive benefits such as $2,000 in monthly fuel subsidies.

In contrast, the southern African nation's 170,000 public servants earn $100 a month on average.

Malawi is weathering an economic storm after donors, who contribute 40 percent to the state budget, last year withdrew aid worth $150 million over a massive government corruption scandal.

Officials looted $30 million in state funds in less than six months last year.

Ndala said Mutharika has appealed to the ministers to be "good leaders and lead by example and forego the salary review as the president has no intention of raising his salary any time soon."

The president's salary of $3,000 has been unchanged since 2009 when Mutharika's brother Bingu wa Mutharika was in power. He died in office in 2012 following a sudden heart attack.


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Ja ne Africa my Africa

Aug 26, 2014 2:38 | 1 replies


I blame the highways of malawi are not like joburg

Aug 26, 2014 3:33 | 0 replies



Aug 26, 2014 2:41 | 0 replies


Less than Marikana miners!

Aug 26, 2014 2:42 | 1 replies


That is in dollars bro. R16 000 + R21 000 ya fuel subsidy.

Aug 26, 2014 2:49 | 1 replies


Are they using US dollars?

Aug 26, 2014 3:13 | 1 replies


They use a Kwacha, but in the article they used dollars.

Aug 26, 2014 3:51 | 0 replies



Aug 26, 2014 2:44 | 0 replies


So they want to get R94 000

Aug 26, 2014 2:48 | 1 replies


don't you think they deserve it? after all they are parliamentarians.

Aug 26, 2014 3:22 | 2 replies
Aug 26, 2014 3:51 | 0 replies


I am starting to hate South African mentality of "deserving", and mostly when the people do not even deserve what they claim to deserve.

Aug 26, 2014 3:54 | 0 replies


Jesus fokin Christ how in God's name can anyone have 600% pay hike? Kill them all with fire, they are corrupt to the core, mind you the anc must be envious of this new corrupt invention by Malawians, they prolly as we sit plotting how they can implement this in SA, Jeer African leaders they just take the whole corruption cake and swallow it!!!

Aug 26, 2014 3:11 | 0 replies


in SA they're paid a lot and they steal like crazy,

Aug 26, 2014 3:21 | 1 replies


They must think like africans

Aug 26, 2014 3:34 | 1 replies


and to think they are in the top 10 poorest nations in the world, can they really afford to come up with shyte like this?

Aug 26, 2014 4:8 | 0 replies


tnx you president your ministers have been in consultation with Anc cabinet pity what they didn't realise is that you not Zuma

Aug 27, 2014 8:50 | 0 replies