Parliament Passes Salaries, Allowances Bills

| April 13, 2015

Parliament has given the nod to three bills that seek to make provisions for the increase of salaries and allowances as presented by the Assistant Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Affairs, Mr Phillip Makgalemele.

Mr Makgalemele presented on urgency the Specified Officers (salaries and allowances) (amendment) Bill, which sought to increase by six per cent salaries and allowances of Chairman of the Public Service Commission, other members of the Public Service Commission, Attorney General Auditor General, Secretary of the IEC and Director of Public Prosecutions.

He presented the National Assembly (salaries and allowances) (Amendment) Bill whose objective was to make provisions for the restructuring, six percent increase of salaries and allowances of the National Assembly with effect from 1st April 2015.

Mr Makgalemele said the bill sought to provide that every member shall receive a salary which shall, except in the case of the Government Whip, the Opposition Whip and any other member include the responsibility allowance calculated in the case of The President at the rate of P651 348 per annum, The Vice President (P501 216 per annum), a minister other than an Assistant Minister (439 656), the Speaker (P439 656), an assistant minister (P370 692), the Deputy Speaker (P370 692), the leader of Opposition (P370 692), the government whip (P294 180), the Opposition whip (282 756) and any other member at P266 460 per annum.

Parliament also approved the amendment of the sitting allowance, constituency allowance acting allowance, hospitality allowances, allowance of chairman of Parliamentary committee, communication allowance while transport allowance remained as is.

Mr Makgalemele also presented the Ntlo ya Dikgosi (salaries and allowances) (amendment) Bill that seeks to amend the Ntlo ya Dikgosi Salaries and Allowances Act.

The Minister of Defence, Justice and Security Mr Shaw Kgathi had also requested the House to proceed with all the stages of the Judicial Services Amendment Bill that seeks to amend the Judicial Service Act in order to give effect to the six percent increase in salaries with effect from April, 01 2015.

Source : Parliament

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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