Mutharika urged to trim number of aides

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People’s Party (PP) acting President Uladi Mussa has urged President Peter Mutharika to reduce the number of his advisors.

Mussa was speaking in Parliament on Monday after he was given a chance to comment on Mutharika’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Mutharika has over 16 advisors who cost taxpayers K307 million annually.

But Mussa said the country needs to reduce “unnecessary” officials as one way of cutting government spending.

Uladi Mussa

Mussa (L) says Mutharika (R) needs to reduce aides.

“We wonder for example whether it is necessary to have Presidential advisors as many as the size of the cabinet, Mr speaker Sir, over 15, over 15 Mr Speaker and I don’t want to mention their names, who are advising one person and the person being advised seemed to behave as if he has not tasted advice,” said Mussa.

Mussa further criticised Mutharika for telling Malawians to “persevere” while his government officials are “sucking” the public purse.

“We find it funny that the President through his speech is telling Malawians to persevere, how much is he sacrificing for the cause?” wondered Mussa.

After he attained the office of the President in 2014, Mutharika was criticised for having many advisors who are on government payroll but the Malawi leader has never trimmed the number.

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