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Vice-President orders review of chiefs’ honoraria

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Vice-President Saulos Chilima has described as an insult the current amount that chiefs receive as honoraria.

In a social media post on Wednesday, Chilima, who is also Minister responsible for Economic Planning and Public Sector Reforms, described the honoraria as little considering that some chiefs also travel long distances to get it.

According to Ministry of Local Government spokesperson Muhlabase Mughogho, Village Heads receive K2,500 while Paramount Chiefs get K100,000 a month.

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Chilima has since ordered the Ministry of Local Government to consider reviewing the honoraria given to the chiefs.

The Vice-President met Minister of Local Government Lingson Belekanyama and officials from his ministry. Belekanyama said his ministry is on track on a number of reforms and that the honoraria for chiefs will be looked into.

“I maintain my take that it is an insult to pay someone K2,500 or K5,000. Moreover, they have to travel long distances to access that money from the banks,” Chilima said.

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During campaign in the run-up to the court-sanctioned June 23 presidential election, chiefs pleaded with the Tonse Alliance to consider reviewing their honoraria if it made it into government.

Chilima has been meeting various ministries to appreciate the progress they are making in the reforms agenda which spilled over from the previous administration.

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