Fi­nally, Tind­vuna, Bu­copho get their pay

Swazi Observer - - NATIONAL NEWS - By Starsky Mkhonta

IT was all smiles for some of the politi­cians who are now in of­fice (Tind­vuna Tetinkhundla and Bu­copho) as they re­ceived their first pay­ment on Tues­day.

In the Shis­el­weni re­gion, the che­ques were brought to the re­gional ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fices but the politi­cians started fetch­ing them the fol­low­ing day.

A num­ber of the politi­cians were seen flock­ing to the re­gional ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fices yes­ter­day to get their che­ques. The politi­cians ar­rived at dif­fer­ent in­ter­vals and those who are serv­ing their first term had their che­ques re­flect­ing a two months pay­ment (Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber) while those who have bounced back re­ceived the Novem­ber salary only be­cause they also re­ceived salaries in Oc­to­ber.

Some of those who were in­ter­viewed said they were re­lieved to be paid but were not happy.

What was mak­ing them un­happy was that they needed to de­posit the che­ques and that means wait­ing sev­eral days be­fore the che­ques can be cashed.

“The seven day wait be­fore cash­ing the cheque is too long for some of us. Our salaries should be de­posited in our bank ac­counts, not us­ing this mode of pay­ment. It’s an old sys­tem to be paid via a cheque,” com­mented some of the politi­cians.

Oth­ers ex­pressed mixed feel­ings about the money they re­ceived which they dubbed ‘peanuts’.

“I have seen that for Bu­copho, the che­ques re­flect a sum of E5 000 and not over E6 000. For Ind­vuna Yenkhundla, the che­ques re­flect a pay­ment of around E7 000,” said one of the politi­cians who was among those who got his cheque.

An­other politi­cian did not hide how un­happy he was with the salary cheque, say­ing if it was what he would earn monthly for the next five years, he will not bother seek­ing an­other term in 2023.

“As much as it’s not the money that made me stand for elec­tions, this salary, in all hon­esty, is way too lit­tle,” said one Bu­copho.

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