GOOD NEWS FOR BROKE MPS
The good news for Members of Parliament (MPs) is that the process of their payment has already started.
Some of the MP were paid by yesterday, while others will have to wait until Monday to get paid for last month.
The MPs have waited for about two months to be paid since they assumed office after winning the general elections.
One MP, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said on Thursday, they were told that they would get the salaries from yesterday until Monday. On that day, the MPs were called to a caucus meeting by Deputy Speaker Phila Buthelezi, who was presiding over the business of the House.
The caucus meeting was believed to be called for purposes of talking about the salaries of the MPs, which are believed to have delayed for the past two months.
MPs are said to have been told that they would be called to get their cheques from the office of the Clerk to Parliament, so that they could cash out the cheques from their respective banks.
The legislators were initially told by Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini that they would get their salaries on Thursday. This question was raised in Parliament. Minister of Finance Neal Rijkenberg, who was also in Parliament, was the one who had to answer for this anomaly.
Rijkenberg is said to have told the MPs that there were delays that had taken place in their systems, which caused the MPs’ salaries not to be paid on the Thursday that the MPs were told about. The minister is said to have told the MPs that salaries would have been paid by Monday afternoon.
Another MP, who was called by this publication, confirmed that Rijkenberg assured them that they would be paid by Monday.
“The minister said by Monday, MPs would have been paid. He told us that there were delays in their systems that they used for paying up our salaries,” the MP said.
He further stated that he was disappointed to learn that they would not get the payments on Thursday. However, he said they then found it fit to be lenient on the finance minister because he was still new in the whole government system. Maybe he was still familiarising himself with some of the issues.
Another MP, when called yesterday afternoon, said he heard that some MPs had already been paid. He did not want to state whether he had been paid or not.
ASSUREED: Finance Minister Neal Rijkenberg.