Zim MPs go for 9 months without allowances – report
27 August 2015, 08:06
Harare – As Zimbabwe’s economy continues on a downward spiral, the southern African country’s members of parliament claim they have gone for nine months without getting allowances, a report said on Wednesday.
Some of the legislators, especially those based in rural constituencies, said they were using personal funds to attend parliamentary session as government was failing to fund them, News Day reported.
The lawmakers, who receive a monthly salary of approximately $1 800, are supposed to get $75 for every parliamentary sitting they attend, the report said.
The ruling Zanu-PF chief whip Jorum Gumbo confirmed the development and said: "I know that most MPs are in arrears in terms of allowances and fuel coupons, as well as other benefits. But, this is not peculiar to us as there are many state institutions that are faced with the same economic challenges."
Zimbabwe has been reeling under severe economic hardships for more than a decade with slow growth, low liquidity and high unemployment.
Many companies have closed, downsized or relocated to neighbouring countries.
Over 20 000 people have lost their jobs since last month.
A state of the nation address (Sona) by President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday gave little hope for Zimbabweans, as it failed to address the issue of job creation.
Mugabe presented a 10-point plan which included boosting agricultural growth, encouraging private sector investment and fighting graft.
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