Health rights campaigner Dorothy Ngoma has faulted government for imposing a 30 percent tax on health worker’s risk allowances.
Ngoma described the move as inhumane saying under normal circumstances risk allowances are non-taxed.
“It does not make sense for government to deduct tax on risk allowances for health workers because that is inhumane,” Ngoma explained.
The campaigner went on to suggest that government should have emulated other countries who have paved away the Pay as You Earn- PAYE as one way of commending health workers who have been frontline soldiers in this covid-19 fight.
“It is not surprising that they have imposed such tax on the health workers as these people have proved to have failed Malawians as indicated by national wide demos over personal protective equipment,” she said.
Meanwhile, National Organization of Nurses and Midwives of Malawi- NONM has appealed to the treasury to avert the deduction of taxation and that the risk allowances should be extended beyond covid-19 pandemic.