UPDATED: MPs get windfall

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Zvamaida Murwira, Harare Bureau

Members of Parliament are set to get a $4million windfall in the next few days for their outstanding allowances.

Each MP is expected to pocket about $30 000.

The money is over and above what the legislators have been getting in previous weeks as Treasury paid them allowances covering September last year up to March this year.

Parliament has submitted bids to Treasury covering the last five months, which should clear all the outstanding allowances for the Eighth Parliament.

Those expected to make rich pickings are MPs who consistently attended sittings and those with distant constituencies but used private accommodation like residential houses in Harare if Parliament could not book them into hotels.

In an interview yesterday, Clerk of Parliament, Mr Kennedy Chokuda confirmed the development saying they had gone a long way in clearing their indebtedness to MPs.

“We have already paid MPs up to March. Right now MPs are getting their outstanding allowances. In fact we have paid the bulk of what we owe them. What now remains is payment of the last five months that is from March to July. We expect the money to be released in the next few days because we have submitted bids,” said Mr Chokuda.

Members of Parliament are set to get a $4 million windfall in the next few days in outstanding allowances, which would see some legislators pocketing about $30 000 as Treasury seeks to clear the debts owed to the law makers.

The money is over and above what the legislators have been getting in previous weeks as Treasury paid them allowances covering September last year up to March this year. Parliament has since submitted bids to Treasury covering the last five months, which would pave way for Treasury to clear all the outstanding allowances for the Eighth Parliament.

Those who are expected to make rich pickings are those MPs who had constantly attended sitting and those with distant constituencies but would use their private accommodation like residential houses in Harare as they would not be booked in hotels by Parliament.

In an interview yesterday, Clerk of Parliament, Mr Kennedy Chokuda confirmed the development saying they had gone a long way in clearing their debts.

“We have already paid MPs up to March. Right now MPs are getting their outstanding allowances. In fact we have paid the bulk of what we owe them.

What now remains is payment of the last five months, that is from March to July. We expect the money to be released in the next few days because we have submitted bids,” said Mr Chokuda.

He could not however say how much in total they received or how much each MP got in the last batch and what an individual legislator would get for the remaining months. “As we speak MPs are getting their allowances in respect of the previous period. The balance for March up to July we will pay them before the month comes to an end,” he said.

Zanu-PF Chief Whip, Cde Lovemore Matuke concurred saying Treasury committed itself to clearing all the outstanding allowances. “We hope payment will be made in the next few weeks. Everything has already been sorted, we got our allowances in tranches and what is now left is the last five months,” he said.

Some MPs who spoke to our Harare Bureau said they were receiving varied amounts depending on frequency of attendance. “The money covers sitting allowances, lunches and fuel among others. Those that would make a killing are those that have their private accommodation, like those with houses in Harare, the logic is that they should be paid off for saving costs in accommodation, so they are entitled to half of hotel fees per given day,” said one of the MP.

Another MP said on average they were getting  $25 000. “I got about $7 000 because I came through a by-election recently and you can imagine what other colleagues who have been there for the past five years are getting. It is in the region of between $20 000 to $30 000,” he said.

Over the past months, parliamentary business has been disrupted as legislators pressed to have their allowances paid. At one stage, a pre-budget seminar was delayed as MPs insisted that they wanted concrete time frames on when they would be paid. In another instance, Parliament had to prematurely adjourn after MPs refused to conduct business of the day demanding their outstanding allowances given that their term of office was coming to an end.

Most of them complained that they were subsiding Parliament by coming to work using their own resources.

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  • Guest

    Useless bunch.

  • selibona nya bakithi!

    stupid useless representatives no heart of service in them they are no different from any other criminals just legally milking tax payers money for sleeping and talking kak in the parly! how i wish we had no leaders yazi ……..every man for himself mnx doti zabantu from ED to the guy up my street who claims to represent me they all donkeys as far as i am concerned!ED where is the cash you promised to bring 8 months ago i still see bank ques esigodini somntane Silo ngingazi ngapho eHarare?doti yomuntu!

  • Kinta Kuntewatz Mushore

    Yaaaaa I think and that MPs should be awarded their allowance based on performance system. This will enable them to work harder in their constituencies instead of telephonic management izvi zvinobatsirawo kuti vasafarira kuwana mari yavasina kushandira Koz vamwe kungoitwa MP inobva yaita senzira ekupfuma nayo.

    • takunda nigel

      In years to come MPs should have more measurable performances so their stipends make sense .I agree with you %% !In fact as we industrialize and develop our economy we should develop a sense of what legislation we need where and when .
      But for now we must honour and respect the laws that say we must pay what we owe those we employ .They may not suffer because of our laxy management . In future let us develop efffective supervision of those who sit in Parliament .

  • toaw

    It’s at times like these that I start to question whether or not opposition candidates are really for us. Why don’t they cry out for the poor masses. Why do they gladly feed of a system that they claim to be corrupt.

  • zibulo

    I see there is another Fast Track Programme AGAIN !!! To dish out monies to lure voters before the Elections, all the payments are being made just before Voting. If you have never seen Vote Buying, here it is , so when we vote MPs will be cash loaded whilst the voter will be in the same state-poor , wrenched , queueing fir ZWB20.00 /week . All Fast Track programmes have led us to a Financial Crisis, so who is going to pay for this after ELECTIONS ?? US again, through tough/austerity measures on us and not on The Coup Leaders as they will be living on our Taxes as usual. As a temporary leader how can ED be allowed to dish out money like this ? Hes only a coup leader , temporary President till votes, with no guarantee he will win. Does the Constitution and Parly give him Powers to do this , as a casual/temporary worker/employee? Will Parly question him in light of what is coming their way ???

    • takunda nigel

      Surely payment of dues to MPs is something so legal that only the rabidly insane will try to politicise .Besides , how do you buy the vote of sm by giving them what you owe them ? You may question the timing but even that benefits the opposition parties which are small and lack funds for collective campaigns .This last point further illustrates the Administration`s exceptionally high sense of ethics and even-handedness.

      • zibulo

        exceptionally high sense of ethics and even-handedness in Bonding and Bearer-chequeing the country , stashing USDs in their homes, illegal take-overs by coups , doesn’t end, kkkkkkkk, and here you are , you are a “half-a-lof-is-better-than-nothing person” when you deserve 100 per cent life

        • takunda nigel

          Cool it , kid . Your kind of criticism is very difficult to understand because one is constantly facing the possibility that you might never be satisfied by anything post-colonial . You are as ahistoric in your approach as the rest of you in the puppetry . What necessitated Bonding and Bearer-checking ? Why was it done , to achieve what aim ?
          In brief , BONDING was needed to prevent the disintegration of the liberated State that SANCTIONS sought .to accoumplish
          Bearer-checking enabled us to convince the pipo to BEAR WITH US till we got on top of the situation as now .
          You who is not a ” half – a- loaf …” kind of a person shall wait until kingdom come with ready made American capitalist imperialist solutions . Be practical . Find solutions . It would be a good idea to glue your tongue to the roof of your mouith so you preserve some energy . Leave waffling to good-for-nothings like Chamisa .