Magistrates in the country have threatened to go on strike if the government does not pay them their housing allowances and arrears by February 8.

According to information sourced by FaceofMalawi reporter, the arrears date back from October 1, 2014.

Government approved the 22 percent salary hike for Judges and Migistrates across the country in May 2015 after a three months long strike by Judicial stuff.

Speaking in an interview just after the approval, Judicial Spokesperson Mlenga Mvula hinted that the salary was effective October 1, 2014 and he promised the officers that government will settle their arrears the same month of May 2015.

“We have indeed accepted government’s offer of an average of 22 percent [pay hike], which we initially turned down. However, this does not mean the end of our negotiations, we will continue discussing until the Executive addresses our demands,” Mvula was quoted as saying.

But since then government has been playing hide and seek games hence the threat.

More details to come…………..

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