The Botswana parliament has approved a bill that cleared the way for the payment of a 3% salary increment, backdated to April 1, 2016, for the president, cabinet ministers, the judiciary and parliamentarians.
Through the Specified Officers (Salaries and Allowances) Amendment Bill tabled early last week, assistant minister of presidential affairs, Philip Makgalemele, sought increased salaries and allowances for President Lieutenant-General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi, all cabinet ministers and deputies, the speaker of parliament, judicial services officers, specified officers and members of parliament.
In the latest parliamentary bulletin, Speaker of Parliament Gladys Kokorwe said the house also approved the Ministerial Offices Amendment Bill, which sought to increase the number of cabinet ministers from 16 to 18, while the number of deputy ministers would go up from 8 to 10.
In terms of the amended Specified Offices Bill, President Khama’s salary will go up by 3% to P 670 888 a year, which translates to P56 000 a month (US$ 5 450).
Vice-President Masisi would earn P 516 252 per annum or P43 000 per month, while cabinet ministers and the speaker of parliament were graded at P 452 846 a year.
The opposition leader of the house, deputy ministers and deputy speaker of parliament have been pegged at P 381 813 a year, or P31 812 a month.
Perks for the opposition and government chief whips have been set at P24 269 and P25 251 a month respectively. Among the “specified officers”, the attorney-general (AG) perks have been perked at P 585 516 a year.
The auditor-general, secretary to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and director of public service prosecutions would earn P 43 000 a month, excluding allowances. At P22 871 a month, the country’s members of parliament are the lowest earners.
– African News Agency (ANA)