Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

13 February 2014

Malawi: Chakwera Promises Better Salaries for Civil Servants

Blantyre — Malawi Congress Party presidential aspirant, Reverend Dr Lazarus Chakwera on Tuesday promised better salaries and job satisfaction for civil servants.

"Most civil servants get 'zinyenyeswa' (peanuts) and in the end they are frustrated and perform poorly," he said as some of the issues he outlined in his 16 minute speech after presenting his nomination papers to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) at Comesa Hall in Blantyre.

According to Chakwera, the Civil Service is also characterized by promotion of undeserving people saying, "Should I be voted into office, I will ensure that there is job enrichment and that people get promotions on merit."

Since the cash-gate scandal in September, 2013, civil servants' salaries have not been paid consistently, the worst being November salaries which were received on December 16, 2013.

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