Give us our handshake - former politicians
FORMER politicians who served in the previous government (2013/2018) are eagerly waiting to know when they will receive their handshake, being ex-gratia payment.
Some of the ex-politicians said they were already feeling the pinch of being broke following that they received their last pay in October. Others said they were interested to know the exact date on when they would receive their gratuity and stated that any delay could jeopardise their plans.
One of the politicians who served as Indvuna Yenkhundla said they were now frustrated as they had not received an update from government on when they would receive their handshake.
“We desperately need the money as we have big plans on how to utilise it going forward. As people who are no longer in office, we want to actively engage in personal projects that will sustain us and our families. We don’t want to look like beggars but wish to empower ourselves and this will only happen once we get our exgratia payments. It’s our money anyway, we worked for it and we deserve it.
We just don’t understand what is causing the delay,” said the former Indvuna Yenkhundla.
Others said they were hoping to receive their ex-gratia payment shortly after the lapse of their term of office.
“We are nursing hopes that we will soon get the money. We also plan to invest this money and some of us have long decided on how to utilise it going forward. We have even planned to partner with other people in starting projects. It’s impossible, however, to be part of any project if you don’t have the money at hand.
You cannot be engaged in any joint venture project if you don’t have the money to contribute in it. Let us not be frustrated on what we feel rightly belongs to us,” said another former politician.