Sun. Sep 15th, 2019

Chilima promises to increase retirement age from 60 to 65: To introduce Universal Pension scheme in Malawi

By Enock Balakasi

State Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima (SKC) and  his United Transformational Movement   (UTM) has promised to increase retirement age from 60  to 65 if ushered into power during the May 21 2019 Tripartite Election.

Chilima made the promise  during  whistle-stop meetings held  in Lilongwe on Friday.  Among other areas, the veep visited  Ngwangwa,  Chidalanda, Kafutwe,   Nambuma and Chimwaza Trading Centers.

He said the increase in retirement age will  ensure that people fully contribute to the country’s development.

“We need to raise the retirement age from 60 to 65 years. We need to put everyone over 65 years of age on pension,” he said.

State vice-president  also pledged to introduce  a Universal social pensions scheme for  all Malawians aged 65 years and above. He observed that many older people are living pathetic lives with costs of goods and other expenses are rocketing and  promised that his administration will ensure they  supplement their income with a government old age grant.

A universal pension in Malawi would support older people to live their later years in dignity.

Chilima: We will raise retirement age from 60 to 65 years

UTM leader said scheme would cater for every person regardless of whether they were employed or not provided he/she is Malawian.

Evidence from other countries in the region shows that  older people are better able to take charge of their lives, and participate in family and community decisions.

Chilima cited countries such as Lesotho, Botswana and  South Africa are doing the old-age scheme.

Chilima showing the people UTM symbol

The current pension system is contributory and also has a limited scope to provide security for most Malawians.

State  Vice-President has retaliated  plans to create one million jobs, increase teachers’ salaries and make Parliament the appointing authority of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director general and other important positions, in the first year if ushered into power  in the 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Chilima has been drawing huge crowds during his rallies since he  dumped the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) months ago and formed his United Transformation Movement (UTM).

Since the formation of the movement, UTM has roped in various political giants such as Speaker Richard Msowoya and several legislators including Lucius Banda. The movement has so far been launched in almost all regions of the country.

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