Malawi’s President donates 10% of his salary to fight COVID-19

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Malawi’s President, Peter Mutharika, has donated 10 percent of his monthly salary for the next three months to help the country fight the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

The President, who earns $3,600 (£3,000) a month, made this known when he provided details of a support package to citizens to mitigate the economic and financial impact of the pandemic.

President Mutharika added that the decision to take a pay cut has been bought into by the rest of the government, thus the whole government will take a 10% pay cut.

He also announced tax breaks, reduction in fuel prices and risk allowance increase for all frontline professionals, specifically, those in the health sector.

Malawi announced a state of emergency after confirming its first case of the virus last week Thursday.

The government also imposed a ban on social gatherings, such as funerals, political activities, church services, weddings, of more than 100 people.

Despite the ban, the government has encouraged farmers and markets to operate as the country is heavily reliant on Tobacco exports to the UK to derive foreign exchange.



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