By Our Reporter
At a time Malawians are grappling with the effects of global price rise, Malawi President has given his civil servants a financial cushion with a 12 percent salary increment effective April 1 2022.
Government says the revision of salaries have been approved after thoroughly consultations with the Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU) and Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM).
In a statement signed by the Secretary for Human Resource Management and Development (HRMD) B.G. Chilabade, the increase will see the lowest paid public servant been getting K138,586 per month after Pay As You Earn (PAYE)deductions from K124,636.
’’These salaries have been increased by 14 percent for the lowest paid grades in the public service and 5 percent to the highest paid public officers,’
Meanwhile, some people interviewed have commended Government for the timely decision.
Nchesi resident , Gerald Phiri says was happy to hear about this and has since commended President Lazarus Chakwera for the wise decision.
Phiri said there is need to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor so that the poor who are in the lowest paid grades in the civil service receive good perks.
“Cost of living is high and we are passing through tough time but so this is just timely” he said.
He said while awarding 5 percent to senior Government officials such as Principal Secretaries, Directors and others, is good there was need to increase salaries to junior members of staff.
The MCP diehard said as country let us be awarding zero percent to the highly paid civil servants and reward handsomely to the juniors.
Economic experts have since commended Government for the salary increase saying this will help to motivate the civil servants.