Malawi president takes wage cut to fund virus fight

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Malawi President Peter Mutharika [Photo- Reuters]
Malawi President Peter Mutharika said Saturday he was taking a wage cut to help fund the fight against the corona-virus and ordered the government to do the same.

In a statement, Mutharika ordered the treasury to cut down his salary and the wages of his ministers and deputy ministers by 10% for three months.

According to Mutharika, the money saved would be directed towards the fight against the novel corona-virus.

“Government will take measures to protect jobs and incomes, protect businesses and ensure continuity of the supply chain and the survival of the economy,” he said in a statement.

He also announced the opening of new testing centers for COVID-19 and the recruitment by the health ministry of 2,000 extra staff.

“We need more soldiers and human power in this fight,” he said.

Malawi’s president declared a state of emergency on March 23 to combat the virus, closing schools until further notice.

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