Leg­is­la­tors to get pensions

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FI­NANCE and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Mthuli Ncube has said MPs will get a pen­sion after com­plet­ing their five year terms.

The pro­posal is made in the Fi­nance Bill which is now be­fore the Se­nate.

Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment have since asked for ve­hi­cles and an in­crease in their al­lowances say­ing they play an im­por­tant role in the run­ning of the coun­try.

Prof Ncube an­nounced the pro­posal to pro­vide for MPs pensions dur­ing the 2019 Na­tional bud­get de­bate in the Na­tional As­sem­bly. “We have an ad­di­tional clause that we pro­pose should be added, Clause 37; which per­tains to the Par­lia­ment Pensions Act. Amend­ment CAP 2.02. The Par­lia­men­tary Pensions Act Chap­ter 2.02 is amended,” said Prof Ncube.

“In Sec­tion 7 en­ti­tle­ment to pen­sion by in­ser­tion of the fol­low­ing sub-sec­tion 2 ‘for the pur­poses of the pro­viso to sub­sec­tion 1, a for­mer mem­ber shall be en­ti­tled to be paid a gra­tu­ity cal­cu­lated at the rate of 130 se­cond of his pen­sion­able re­tir­ing emol­u­ments for each com­plete month of his/her ser­vice in Par­lia­ment. I pro­pose that we adopt it as is. This will deal a com­fort­able blow to the wel­fare of Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans.”

Mbizo leg­is­la­tor Mr Set­tle­ment Chik­winya (MDC Al­liance) ap­plauded Prof Ncube for the move.

He how­ever asked if the pensions will ap­ply for mem­bers of the Ninth Par­lia­ment only or if those who sat in the pre­vi­ous par­lia­ments will ben­e­fit.

Prof Ncube re­sponded: “The gra­tu­ity is ret­ro­spec­tive. I did say this at the be­gin­ning when we were dis­cussing the emol­u­ments for Par­lia­ment.”

The Min­is­ter was not im­me­di­ately reach­able to an­swer ques­tions from The Chron­i­cle. The Fi­nance Bill which sailed through the Na­tional As­sem­bly last week has been trans­mit­ted to Se­nate for de­bate.

Last week, Nor­ton in­de­pen­dent MP Mr Temba Mliswa told Par­lia­ment that al­lowances for MPs should be re­viewed be­cause they work hard in rep­re­sent­ing their con­stituen­cies and the coun­try at var­i­ous plat­forms.

“Our al­lowances mean ab­so­lutely noth­ing. The com­mit­tee that I chair can sit from 8AM to 8PM work­ing for this coun­try but what they get is a pit­tance $75, not US dol­lars. MPs are peo­ple who are work­ing tire­lessly for this coun­try in these com­mit­tees.

“The com­mit­tees have a risk on their own be­cause they ex­pose peo­ple who have money and who have the abil­ity to even put a mafia to­gether for them but what do we get — $75. That has to be re­viewed so that MPs are able to ex­e­cute their du­ties in a pro­fes­sional man­ner,” said Mr Mliswa.

He urged Gov­ern­ment to also re­view al­lowances that leg­is­la­tors get when go­ing on duty out of the coun­try. — @Aux­il­iaK

Prof Mthuli Ncube

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