LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi’s newly-elected Members of Parliament (MPs) from all the political divide are having secret meetings to force parliament increase their monthly salaries and loans.
The Maravi Post understands that the underway orientation meeting in the capital Lilongwe some of the MPs are pushing for hefty salaries to MK2.5 million a month.
In addition, these greedy lawmakers want the zero interest loans which is now pegged at MK50 million per legislator pushed to MK75 million.
“The cost of living has gone up, this is why we need these adjustments,” said one of the legislators.
Currently, a legislator gets MK1.6 million a month in addition to MK50, 000 per day they get when parliament is sitting or when they are in committee meetings.
Senior assistant Clerk of Parliament Joseph Manzi say they could not comment since the issue has not yet reached them but this could cause public outcry as civil servants salaries remain very low compared to other countries in the Sadc region.
The MPs are meeting at a five-day orientation workshop as they areParliament set to be sworn-in on Monday and Tuesday next week.
During the elections, voters elected 134 new faces, representing 68 percent. The 192 legislators elected to date are broken down as follows Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) 62, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) 55, independents 55, United Democratic Front (UDF) 10, People’s Party (PP) five; UTM Party four and Alliance for Democracy (Aford) one.
During the May 21 vote, there was no parliamentary election in Lilongwe South following the death of a candidate weeks before polling day.
About 64 MPs have returned to Parliament, according to results from the Malawi Electoral Commission, up from 46 in 2014. In 2009, 47 MPs out of 193 returned to Parliament, 49 in 2004, 61 in 1999 general election.