MPs to get E83 000 Tues­day

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - Sto­ries by Mbono Md­luli

MEM­BERS of Par­lia­ment (MPs) are set to smile all the way to their re­spec­tive banks next week Tues­day.

The leg­is­la­tors are set to get their re­lo­ca­tion and set­tling in al­lowances, to the tune of E83 000 for each MP, ac­cord­ing to min­istry of fi­nance of­fi­cial Siza­kele Dlamini. Dlamini said this yes­ter­day dur­ing the work­shop for MPs, which took place at the Par­lia­ment can­teen.

Allawance The set­tling in al­lowance of the MPs, ac­cord­ing to Dlamini, is tax­able at the rate of 33 per cent. This means the MPs will have to sur­ren­der an amount of E27 390 to Eswa­tini Rev­enue Au­thor­ity (SRA). Each MP will take home E55 610.

This is some­thing that did not go down well with the MPs, as they did not un­der­stand the logic be­hind tax­ing this money. Mt­fong­wa­neni MP Roy Fanourakis de­manded to know why an al­lowance was taxed.

“This is not a salary. It is only an al­lowance that is meant to en­able me to do a cer­tain thing. Why do you tax an al­lowance?” Fanourakis asked. Dlamini, in re­sponse, said any form of in­come was tax­able, ac­cord­ing to the rules on which SRA worked. How­ever, Dlamini re­ferred all ques­tions re­lated to taxes to the SRA. The SRA is ex­pected to have its own ses­sion with the MPs, where it will teach them about tax is­sues, as it did with sen­a­tors on Wed­nes­day.

BUT WHY: Mt­fong­wa­neni MP Roy Fanourakis.

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