Observer on Saturday - - News - Sto­ries by Mbono Md­luli

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.

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