By staff writer
Former minister of finance, Joseph Mwanamveka has reemphasized his impatience to see the new government led by Lazarus Chakwera blessing civil servants with huge salaries.
Mwanamveka stressed that his anticipation is bent at seeing the least paid civil servant pocketing a minimum of MK500 million monthly perks as per the promises made by the new administration during campaign epoch.
The former economic planner further urged the team Chakwera technocrats to see to it that the hiking of such salaries are done ASAP.
“Public servants can’t wait for huge salaries. In fact, they’re just as I am, waiting for the hiking of their monthly packages,” said Mwanamveka in an interview with Akometsi.
He added: “all the promises are still fresh in Malawians. It’s my belief that they’ll work the talk on everything they said.”
On the issue of tax free band which the new government had promised to be adjusted from 35 thousand kwacha to MK100, 000, Mwanamveka urged the government not to play gimmicks but see that they implement the threshold.
“We’re approaching the farming season. People want the cheap fertilizer as soon as possible. It’s my hope that the universal cheap fertilizer will be available in shops before the end of this month,” he added.
On the issue of giving handouts to elderly people above the age of 60, Mwanamveka was prodigious to learn that the dual, Chakwera and Chilima are suddenly mute on the issue.
“We want that implemented soonest,” he said.
There was no immediate comment from the ministry of information on the issue but minister of tourism and culture, Michael Usi, is on record as urging Malawians to exercise patience with the new government.
“Everything we promised will be fulfilled. Malawians have to be patient,” said Usi.