MPs get $5 million to develop constituencies, stands in areas of their choice
Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda said Government has set aside $5 million for Members of Parliament as part of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). Mudenda also said legislators will also get residential stands in areas of their choice.
Each MP will get at least $24 000 for the development of his or her constituency while the residential stands are part of a negotiated package agreed at the beginning of the Eighth Parliament of Zimbabwe in 2013. Said Mudenda:
It has been agreed that you do not pay for the land, but you will only pay for the servicing of the land. As regards to CDF, Treasury has set aside $5 million, which will begin to flow into your account provided you open a (bank) account and that the constitution of the CDF has been adopted by this House. If there is no committee in your constituency, there will not be any disbursement.
Mudenda’s announcement came after Musikavanhu MP Mr Proper Mutseyami (MDC-T) had risen on a point of order requesting Adv Mudenda to give an update on what had become of the issues relating to their welfare, which include outstanding allowances amounting to $15 million.