Big Issue Slide, Big Issues, Uncategorized

Salary increments for public servants on strike suicidal to Malawi’s economy- Goodall Gondwe


Government has said it will be signing its own death sentence if it increases salaries for all public servants who are on strike because there is no money for such increments at capital hill.

Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe revealed to Afriem that government will have to borrow heavily from the Reserve Bank to make such increments.

“The economy is not doing good at the moment and borrowing will lead to inflation which possibly can end in a recession," he said.

He said that government had no money to increase salaries unnecessary.

"We did not include the increments in our budget and it will be very difficult for us to source funds to effect the salary raises," he said.

As strikes have become the order of the day in the country, support staff for the Judiciary, University of Malawi (UNIMA), Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), and National Food Relief Agency are all on strike demanding a 45 percent salary raise.

Unima workers representative,Flanklin Kapeni told Afriem that the 14 percent government gave them was too little.

"Considering the high cost of living in the country we need atleast 45 percent," he said.

He also revealed that the support staff have vowed not to resume their duties unless government gave them wat the are asking for.

"We need not less than 45 percent and we are not go back to work if we will not get it," he warned.

In a similar fashion, the judicial workers mostly court clerks, reporters,stenographers, secretaries and guards downed their tools early November demanding for better pay and have since rejected government’s proposed salary increment vowing to continue striking if government does not give them a pay rise between 17 and 35 percent.

But, Minister of Labour and Manpower Development Henry Mussa insists judicial workers do not need such an increment as they are already well remunerated compared to other public servants of their grades.

Mussa added that the said Act requires that after exhausting all internal avenues of sorting out grievances between employees and their employer, such matters are brought to the attention of the Principal Secretary (PS) in his ministry who identifies a reconciliatory mediate between the two parties which he said was not followed.

“What is happening is happening behind our back. Nobody between the two parties formally reported the dispute or the grounds of the dispute to the ministry.

“So what we are witnessing is an illegal movement that has no any legal backing,” he said.

Related Posts

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Kandodo hands over health facilities to Mangochi People.

    The Minister of Health and Population Hon Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda MP, on Tuesday presided over the official handover ceremony for a Maternity wing, Maternity waiting homes and staff house at Lulanga Health Centre in Mangochi. Lulanga Health Centre is a CHAM facility under Anglican Diocese of Upper Shire and is situated 130km from Mangochi Boma,…

  • JB attends BT synod centenary… calls for unity and hard work – honours late Matenje

    By Arnold Mnelemba Former President Dr. Joyce Banda on Sunday, November 8 attended celebrations marking 110 years of service for late Harry Kambwiri Matecheta, the first Malawian Church Minister of Blantyre Synod in the Church of Central African Presbyterian. The celebrations were held at Bemvu Congregation of Ntcheu Presbytery of Blantyre Synod. Before the ceremony,…

  • Minister urges MPs to lead in National Forestry Season

    By Faith Mwafulirwa The Minister of Forestry and Natural Resources Nancy Tembo on Thursday presented in the National Assembly a ministerial statement on the National Forestry Season and Launch of National Clean-Up Day scheduled next Month. In her presentation in Parliament, Tembo reminded all Malawians that every Malawian is charged with the responsibility of protecting…

  • Lowe engages Illovo sugar management; shares notes on best irrigation practices.

    The Agriculture Minister Hon. Lobin Lowe, MP, is currently touring Illovo Sugar company in Nchalo, Chikwawa to appreciate strides the Cane production industry has made and get first hand information on how Illovo is incorporating the Smallholder farmer into their supply chain. Lowe says this tour is very important as he wants to appreciate how…

  • CHILIMA OPENS AGRI-POLICY CONFERENCE; Calls for comprehensive research implementation

    The Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima has opened the 2021 Malawi Annual Agriculture Policy Conference at Bingu International Conference Centre with a call to all stakeholders to undertake comprehensive research activities aimed at producing research findings that will help policy makers to make policies that are good for Malawi. Chilima added that there is a…

  • 24 Irregular Migrants Nabbed; Govt repatriates some back

    The Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services this week arrested 24 foreigners with 14 arrested in Northen Region and other 10 arrested in the Central region of Malawi. Records from the department show that on Tuesday of 25th May, 2021, the department intercepted 14 foreign nationals for crossing into Malawi using undesignated crossing points and…