Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the country have demanded that Malawi President Peter Mutharika and senior government officials should contribute to the public purse by paying taxes.
According to the CSOs, the demands follows economic challenges that have rocked the country.
“I think it is unfair that a teacher who is paid less than K100,000 is paying tax while senior government officials who get huge sums of money are tax free,” said CSOs under citizen alliance publicity secretary, Phillip Kamangila.
Kamangila further suggested that leaders must be setting example by sharing the burden of paying taxes.
“Even the American president pays tax why not a Malawian leader?” wondered Kamangila.
Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN) national coordinator Dalitso Kumbalasa said government must also consider reducing allowances paid to senior government officials.
“There are doctors, teachers who work tirelessly but they don’t get fuel allowance even minibus allowance but they are part of civil servants,” said Kubalasa.
Presidential Advisor on NGOs and Civil Society, Mavuto Bamusi said Mutharika is aware of the economic problems that have hit the country.