New salaries for chief jus­tice, judges re­vealed

Lesotho Times - - News - Billy Ntaote

THE gov­ern­ment has re­vealed new salaries for statu­tory po­si­tion-hold­ers such as the Chief Jus­tice, High Court judges, At­tor­ney-gen­eral, Au­di­tor-gen­eral, Om­buds­man, Di­rec­tor of Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tions (DPP), as well as In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC) and Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion chair­per­sons.

The salaries are con­tained in Le­gal No­tice No 27 of 2016 pub­lished on 8 April by Pub­lic Ser­vice Min­is­ter Tsukut­lane Au.

How­ever, a gov­ern­ment gazette with the salaries and ben­e­fits was only cir­cu­lated to Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment in the Na­tional Assem­bly on Tues­day this week.

Ac­cord­ing to the gazette, the Chief Jus­tice’s an­nual salary has been in­creased from M529, 824.00 to M551, 028.00. For High Court judges and the At­tor­ney Gen­eral, the salaries have been hiked from M437, 664.00 to M455, 172.00 a year.

For the Om­buds­man, Au­di­tor-gen­eral, DPP, Pub­lic Ser­vice and IEC chair­per­sons, their salaries are now M446, 532.00 per an­num.

In monthly terms, the Chief Jus­tice would now earn a gross salary of M45, 919.00, while judges and the At­tor­ney Gen­eral each get M37, 931.00.

The Om­buds­man, Au­di­tor-gen­eral, DPP, Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion and IEC chair­per­sons would now be earn­ing monthly gross salaries of M37, 211.00.

The Le­gal No­tice also in­cludes the ben­e­fits of the var­i­ous statu­tory po­si­tion-hold­ers.

For in­stance, those who fall un­der Cat- egory A, namely the Chief Jus­tice, judges and At­tor­ney Gen­eral, are en­ti­tled to a rent-free gov­ern­ment house or hous­ing al­lowance of M4000 per month for the former and M3,500 for the lat­ter.

The same of­fi­cials are also en­ti­tled to an of­fi­cial gov­ern­ment ve­hi­cle or car al­lowance “at the rate to be deter­mined by the Min­is­ter of Pub­lic Ser­vice in con­sul­ta­tion with the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance”.

The Le­gal No­tice fur­ther states if the op­tion is for a car al­lowance, “the Chief Jus­tice and judges shall pur­chase a black Mercedes Benz for both of­fi­cial and pri­vate busi­ness; the At­tor­ney Gen­eral shall pur­chase a white Mercedes Benz for both of­fi­cial and pri­vate busi­ness; the car shall be fully in­sured, main­tained and fu­eled at gov­ern­ment ex­pense for the du­ra­tion of its war­ranty af­ter which it shall be re­placed by the owner; and the car shall be pri­vately reg­is­tered at the cost of the owner but shall re­tain gov­ern­ment reg­is­tra­tion num­ber for se­cu­rity and pro­to­col pur­poses”.

The sched­ule also pro­vides there shall be a util­ity ve­hi­cle for the Chief Jus­tice.

For ‘ re­spon­si­bil­ity and ex­pense al­lowances’, the Chief Jus­tice would re­ceive M5000.00 per month while judges and the At­tor­ney Gen­eral get M4, 000.00 each

The Chief Jus­tice, judges and At­tor­ney Gen­eral are also en­ti­tled to per­sonal staffers who in­clude an ex­ec­u­tive sec­re­tary, house-helper, gar­dener, and chauf­feur.

All statu­tory po­si­tion-hold­ers are also en­ti­tled to in­ter­est-free loans of M500, 000.00 payable over five years.

They are also en­ti­tled to five days hol­i­day a year in an African coun­try of their choice.

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