Govt hikes civil servants’ salaries

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Government has increased salaries of junior civil servants by 20 percent.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration has also hiked honoraria that traditional leaders receive.

Goodall Gondwe

Gondwe announced the hike

Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe announced the increments when presenting the 2018/19 budget in Parliament today.

He said while junior workers will have a 20 percent hike, senior civil servants will have their salaries increased by 10 percent. The move means the government wage bill will be K392.0 billion, a 24.3 percent increase over the 2017/18 one.

In addition, government also plans to recruit 10,500 primary school teachers, 500 secondary school teachers and 1,000 medical personnel.

On chiefs’ honoraria, Gondwe said Paramount chiefs will be receiving K100,000 from K50,000 after the budget is approved. Traditional Authorities and other traditional leaders have also had their honoraria revised upwards.

The 2018/19 budget includes a K4.8 billion for youth programmes aimed to reduce youth unemployment that the country is currently experiencing.

According to Gondwe, under the program 5,000 youth aged between 18 and 30 years selected according to qualifications will be placed in various Ministries, Departments and Local Councils.

“The objective of this program is to equip the youth with knowledge, skills and ethics as a way of nurturing them for a career in the Civil Service as well as in the Private Sector,” Gondwe said.

Government has also introduced a tree planting programme that is expected to employ 10,000 youths.

The programme which has been allocated K5 billion will see young people working in groups planting and taking care of trees for a period of three years

The Department of Forestry in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining has already identified areas which require reforestation. These areas will include road sides, forest reserves, river banks, bare mountains and other catchment areas.

“The identified areas, Mr. Speaker, Sir, will determine the types of trees to be planted, including fruit trees. It is expected that the youth, working in groups and in their localities, will plant and care for the trees. They will be supported by Government in a similar fashion as is the case with the public works program,” Gondwe said.

Government hopes the programme will minimize the effects of deforestation and climate change that this country has experienced.

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10 Comments

  1. Noone on is 100%,there4 I wud lyk to thank the govt for this hike.
    Tiphunzile kudzudzula pomwe zalakwika,ndiponso Ku yamikira pomwe zakhala bwino.Njilu siitipititsa kwina kuli konse,mawa ndifeyo musitimamo!

  2. No sense stupid leaders their salaries they do not developing Malawi and poor to get jobs Stupid Leaders all are stupid and useless Good for nothing pple

  3. Hon Mr Gondwe, please tell me how much a primary teacher is getting paid per month today? I think it’s a joke to hear that a Paramount chief is to get 100K a month while my father is getting 60K a month after being doing this called teaching job for more than 36 yrs. Is this a campaign or just they way you always do with extra money?(like that 4b)

  4. Apa tsopano ndipomwe anthu oganiza bwino amasintha boma ndi cholinga choti lomwe libwelero lizakwezeso malipiro kwa anthu ogwira mu boma. Tikudziwa ndi cholinga cha campaighn kutero koma mwauponda, talandira eya koma mwatibera mokwana anthu inu.

  5. The budget says ” salaries of Public Servants increased……..” not Civil Servants as reported here. Reporter note that the two have two different meanings….go back to school!!!

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