Cabinet Proposes Salary Increment for Disciplined Forces

| January 27, 2015

Cabinet has proposed a salary increment for members of the disciplined forces to Parliament, says Vice President, Mr Mokgweetsi Masisi.

Addressing members of the disciplined forces in Moshupa on Sunday, January 25, Mr Masisi said the government was aware that the cost of living was high.

“We know we are not paying you enough that’s why we have even allowed you to engage in business,” said Mr Masisi, adding that “as long as it doesn’t compromise your integrity, service or time.”

He explained that other public officers would have to wait for the Public Service Bargaining Council to determine their percentage increase.While he acknowledged that public sector remunerations were not keeping up with the cost of living, he urged public officers to spend their income wisely.

He said some public officers had saddled themselves with debt or were living beyond their means. He added that some were one salary away from poverty. “Most of you are so gullible that you have allowed yourselves to fall prey to micro lenders who make money out of your financial illiteracy.

Thousands of you earn zero pay because your money is spent on unimportant things,” he said On other issues, Mr Masisi explained that the Self Help Housing Agency (SHAA) scheme, which was last year extended to officers up to D4 scale, would be availed from April.

He said delays to implement the decision was due to budget constraints. He also promised to energise the relevant ministry to start assisting interested officers without any delay.

“This is a decision we have taken as government and we are very proud because we hope it will assist you,” he said. Mr Masisi also aised disciplined officers to repay the SHAA loans to enable the fund to help others.

Mr Masisi further commended members of the disciplined forces for voting him back to Parliament as their representative. “Thank you so much, your vote has made me what I am today,” he said.

He also shared lunch with them as a token of appreciation for doing a job well during the festive season.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Governance

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