18 December 2014
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Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers have joined President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima in deferring the implementation of the proposed salary increments until the economy recovers.

Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Goodall Gondwe made the announcement on Thursday afternoon at the Ministry's offices at Capital Hill in Lilongwe.

Gondwe who was accompanied by Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, Kondwani Nankhumwa, said there will be no question of arrears and it should be considered as total cancellation as it stands at the moment.

"It is very difficult to say when exactly the economy will be back on track. Everything on the normalisation of our economy is being done on projections. It is high time we put a strong system in place. A system that will reduce and end fraud and corruption. It should not be business as usual," explained Gondwe.

The Finance Minister further said the successes that will be celebrated in future is dependent on the reforms that the government is doing at the moment.

Gondwe added: "We need to change our way of doing things in the civil service. Civil servants with similar qualifications and positions should receive the same salaries regardless of their respective ministries."

The President earlier last week deferred the salary increment in solidarity with Malawians, who are presently undergoing very tough economic hardship.

President Mutharika and his Government pledge to continue working tirelessly to bring the confidence of the country’s development partners back into the economy and improve the living standards of ordinary Malawians.

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The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) would like to advise the people of Malawi that His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, has deferred implementation of his proposed salary increment and that of the Vice President, Right Honourable Saulos Klaus Chilima, until the country’s economy recovers. The OPC wishes to further advise that while the proposed salary increase may be justified, the President has decided to forego the increase at this time.

The President made this decision in solidarity with Malawians, who are presently undergoing very tough economic hardship.

The President assures the Nation that he has people’s best interest at heart and he fully appreciates the suffering that ordinary Malawians are going through as a result of the suspension of aid by the country’s bilateral donors due to massive looting of public resources (Cashgate) at Capital Hill.

President Mutharika and his Government pledge to continue working tirelessly to bring the confidence of the country’s development partners back into the economy and improve the living standards of ordinary Malawians.  

 

George Mkondiwa
CHIEF SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT
6th December, 2014

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Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika President of the Republic of Malawi deeply regrets the fatal road accident involving Malawi Police Service Officers that happened today, 6th December 2014 at Chiyendausiku 2 in Balaka District, involving motor vehicle registration MP 2252 Toyota Land cruiser where nine (9) officers died in the course of duty.

The President and Government extends their deepest condolences to the families of the victims of this fatal accident, the Inspector General of the Malawi Police Service, all Police Officers and Civilian Staff and the nation. Government pledges its support in this trying time to the bereaved families.

Government further wishes to inform Malawians that those involved in this fatal accident are:

  1. Senior Superintendent Kasowanjete
  2. Inspector Namizinga
  3. Sub-Inspector Mhango
  4. Driver Sergeant Gondwe
  5. Sergeant Njikho
  6. Sergeant Mulenga
  7. Constable Chimenya
  8. Constable Sekelani Chilenje
  9. Constable Triza Mphande

May the souls of all the victims rest in eternal peace

Kondwani Nankhumwa, M.P.
Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture
06TH December 2014

 

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The Government of Malawi wishes to inform the general public as well as Civil Servants that salaries were generally processed on time. Most Civil Servants started accessing their monthly pay by 27th November, 2014, the official pay day. However, there might be a slight delay in the payment of salaries for some Civil Servants because of a technical problem with the Government Payment System at the Malawi Switch Centre (MALSWITCH).This is the system which is used to transmit payment data from Government to Commercial Banks through Reserve Bank of Malawi.

Due to the technical problem at MALSWITCH which occurred on the eve of the 25th November 2014, the Accountant General Department resorted to manually and physically transferring salaries to commercial banks. This initiative was necessary to minimise the delays that would have arisen.

The Government sincerely regrets this sad occurrence and assures the affected Civil Servants that every effort is being taken to ensure that they access their November 2014 salaries, latest by 8th December 2014.

Government further wishes to inform the general public that in an isolated instance, some files from Ministry of Education, Science and Technology were duplicated whilst manually amalgamating the salaries files. The issue has been noted and corrective action taken to normalise the duplicates. 

Government would like to re assure the general public and Civil Servants in particular, that the Payment System has been rectified and is now undergoing validation tests to ensure timely payment of future salaries.

 

Ronald Mangani
SECRETARY TO TREASURY

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CABINET MINISTERS DEFER SALARY INCREMENT

CABINET MINISTERS DEFER SALARY INCREMENT

Cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers have joined President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima in deferring the implementation of the proposed salary increments until the economy recovers. Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Goodall Gondwe ...