Chiefs hail government for committing to settle honoraria

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Chiefs in Mangochi have hailed the government for committing itself to settle their six-month honoraria arrears.

Speaking to the Malawi News Agency, Group Village Head Magwingwi described the move as a great consideration on the part of government.

The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development embarked on the chiefs’ honoraria pay parade on Tuesday last week.

The government increased the chiefs’ honoraria in July 2018 by 100 per cent.

But the new rates were only effected from January, 2019, hence the accumulation of the 6-month arrears.

The ministry’s spokesperson, Muhlabase Mughogho says the government will spend 832 Million Kwacha to pay 4, 200 chiefs.

She believes the increased honoraria and the settled arrears would enable the local leaders stay focused on their work instead of spending time on money generating activities for survival of their families.

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