Written by MALAWI NEWS AGENCY
BLANTYRE--Pres Joyce Banda says her government is committed to ensuring that the civil servants currently on strike get their salary increment.
She spoke at Chileka Airport in Blantyre on Thursday before leaving for Equatorial Guinea where she is scheduled to attend the third African–South America summit.
The Malawi leader said she is the first person to be concerned with civil servants welfare as they are indeed getting little compared to high cost of leaving currently being experienced.
“Let me stress here that as I am leaving I have left some offer that whatever the case, civil servants should get salary increment.
“Looking at the way life is now, civil servants’ pay is supposed to be hiked by any means.
“I cannot say much everybody knows what our country is going through,” said Dr. Banda, adding that she is currently trimming some expenses in her office and reducing allocations to Government departments to meet the needs of the civil servants.
On her trip to African–South America summit, the President said the three day meeting is expected to improve the bilateral relations between the African and South American countries.
She said she will take advantage of the trip to discuss with potential buyers who can buy the country’s farm produce.
“This is the third meeting since the African countries signed an agreement with South American countries to work together in some areas.
“The meeting will also review how the agreement is fairing between the member countries,” said Pres Banda.
Among others, the African–South America Summit will tackle issues ranging from infrastructure development, Agriculture, Science to Health.
The president who left by an Equatorial Guinea jet, was seen off at the Chileka International Airport by Government officials that included Cabinet Ministers, People’s Party officials and supporters, chiefs and Members of Parliament.
This is the second time for Banda to attend such a meeting the first one being the one she attended in Venezuela way back when she was the Vice President of the country.