Malawi: President Joyce Banda cuts own salary

Malawi: President Joyce Banda cuts own salary

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Malawian President Joyce Banda attends on August 18, 2012 the closing ceremony of the 32nd Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit at the Joaquim Chissano Conference Centrer in Maputo. Heads of state met on August 17 and 18 in Maputo for a summit that tried to nudge Madagascar and Zimbabwe toward new elections under "roadmaps" that are a test of the region's commitment to democracy. During their two-day meeting, the conflict in the eastern Democratic Repubic of Congo and a standoff between political rivals in Madagascar topped the agenda . AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN (Photo credit should read STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/GettyImages)

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Posted on October 3, 2012 at 7:24 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 7:26 AM

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) -- Malawi President Joyce Banda announced that she will take a 30 percent pay cut to show that she will sacrifice personally as part of her government’s austerity measures.

Banda, Africa’s second female president after Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, came to power in April following the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika.

Banda and Vice-President Khumbo Kachali will both cut their salaries by 30 percent, but Banda said she will not force the rest of her cabinet to do so, saying it was up to them to choose.

Banda confirmed that her government will sell the controversial presidential jet in two weeks. The purchase of the jet three years ago by Mutharika angered donors. Banda said that she will never fly in the plane, which she called wasteful.

 

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