Govt releases $4 million to pay MPs, haven't paid them since 2011
In a circular to legislators, Clerk of Parliament Kennedy Chokuda announced that Government has released $4 million to settle overdue sitting allowances for Members of Parliament, about 50 percent of the total owed. Last month MPs protested over allowances and Constituency Development Fund allocations which have not been paid since 2011.
Earlier this week, Treasury also availed $5 million for the CDF. Said Chokuda:
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has now managed to secure $4,000,000 for disbursement towards members sitting allowances. This represents half of what is owed to Members. Members will be paid on a pro rata basis and each member should, therefore, expect to get almost half of what they are owed.
He also said treasury will pay the remainder of the allowances by December 15th. MPs receive a $75 sitting allowance and a fixed monthly stipend of $2,000, in addition to fuel coupons.