Leadership is Sacrifice: Malawi’s President, Joyce Banda To Slash Salary In The Face Of Tough Economy

She seem to be saying, ‘We are leaving this world with nothing’

As part of her government’s austerity measures, Malawi President, Joyce Banda has announced that she will take a 30 percent pay cut to show personally sacrifice in their bid to put the country’s economy back on track.

Talk of working as a team; Banda and Vice-President Khumbo Kachali will both cut their salaries by 30 percent, but Banda said she will let the rest of her cabinet to do so of their own volition.

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

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