Sata refuses, It is MPs including opposition that decided to increase salaries

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President Sata

President Sata

President of the Republic of Zambia, has dismissed assertions that he decided to award himself a 10 per cent salary increment.

The Head of State explained that salaries and allowances for the President, Vice- President, Chief Whip, Leader of Opposition, Cabinet Ministers, Deputy Ministers, and Members of Parliament are determined by the Standing Orders Committee of Parliament.

“The procedure is once the Standing Orders Committee has determined what increment to award, the Minister of Finance issues a Statutory Instrument.

In fact, this year, the Committee, which includes opposition Members of Parliament met and came up with an increment of 10 per cent taking into account the national resource and notwithstanding the fact that the civil service was awarded increments ranging from 0 per cent to more than 150 per cent,” President Sata said.

President Sata emphasised that this decision was made at Parliament by both ruling party and opposition Members of Parliament, whose salaries have equally been revised upwards.

“I urge all opposition Members of Parliament to take time and explain this slight adjustment to their party leaders to avoid shooting themselves in the foot,” he said.

Issued by:

SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT

GEORGE CHELLAH

PRESS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS

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22 Responses to Sata refuses, It is MPs including opposition that decided to increase salaries

  1. ke ke ke ke……funny

    Michael
    October 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm
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  2. It should have gone up by 15%. The President and members of parliament deserve bigger perks so that they don’t steal and channel the funds else where. Next time vote for a rich educated young leader for the country. Vote HH.

    Mainza
    October 16, 2013 at 2:46 pm
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    • HH SHOULD WAIT UNTIL 2058 KKKKKKKKKKKKK

      hanjalika boyy
      October 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm
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  3. Borrowing 2 increase Mr Sata ‘s salary and wage freeze 4 others,in fact don’t recruit them for 2 years.Barely 4 days after announcing increased borrowing budget.Pa Zed ni animal farm.

    brainboxer
    October 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm
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  4. KOMA CHABE SATA AWE SURE,WHY CANT YOU REJECT IT THEN.

    akamuntu
    October 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm
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  5. MY CURRENT EXPAT SALARY IS AT
    R60,000.00

    PRESIDENT SATA, AS AT THIS MONTH’S SALARY REVIEW GETS ABOUT
    R80,000.00/M

    PRESIDENT ZUMA OF SOUTH AFRICA GETS
    R205, 000.00/M

    PRESIDENT KENYATTA OF KENYA GETS
    R150,000.00/M

    PRESIDENT POHAMBA OF NAMIBIA GETS
    R140,000.00/M

    NO WONDER RB TURNED TO ‘LUNDALUNDA’ FROM NIGERIAN MAFIAS TO SUPPLEMENT HIS SALARY!

    LUAPULA PREMIER
    October 16, 2013 at 3:34 pm
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    • sata is a selfish and tribalist. We are not a rich country we should only pay what Zambia can afford. This is not about other countries and what their leaders earn!

      Karavina Mailoni
      October 16, 2013 at 3:44 pm
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  6. When the prophet of God told this government that God has removed wisdom,in short God has rejected sata & his government,so don’t worry Zambia amenso yaba Lesa yalipachalo can cesu.

    iwe
    October 16, 2013 at 4:36 pm
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  7. this man does not care about the poor.sad may sound this are the people he fooled to get the top.you can not treat people like this.one day you will turn around and found out that you need them.failed state

    master
    October 16, 2013 at 6:11 pm
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  8. Ntolelefye

    Sata Say's
    October 16, 2013 at 8:27 pm
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  9. you can refuse like the way levy did

    lulu
    October 17, 2013 at 5:04 am
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  10. Shamenda the dying Shamenda said SATA is least paid in SADC. What of the Civil Servants how do they rate in SADC.

    Then increase their salaries to also to match SADC since Shamenda is using it as a yardstick.

    Sata condemned RB for increasing Salaries of Office Holders. So what has changed????

    Sata is a foolish Old adulterous OLD man.

    Mpangula Mputyu aka TeamDoraPetauke2013
    October 17, 2013 at 5:05 am
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    October 17, 2013 at 5:49 am
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  12. this is the worst that can happen as for now….

    tax payer
    October 17, 2013 at 6:21 am
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  13. If this is the truth what Sata is trying to convince us,then our MPS both from the ruling party and the oppositions are traitors. There is no difference between those MPS who cross the floor from the oppositions to join PF govt, they are the same traitors of the Zambian peoples and civil service in general.Especially,considering the wage freeze imposed on poorly paid civil servants.

    THE RUMBLER
    October 17, 2013 at 6:46 am
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  14. It surprising that this is the same Sata who criticized RB for increasing leaders’ salaries in 2008. When RB left office in 2011, his annual salary was about K170,000. Sata is now getting about K440,000 per annum. This implies that in the two years Sata has been in govt, his annual salary has gone up by about 250%. To make matters worse, Sata is running a bloated govt in order to create employment for his relatives. This is the same man who campaigned on the platform of pro-poor policies. Is this what Sata calls pro-poor policies? Sata’s current salary is in addition to many other incentives such as free accommodation, travel allowances, medical etc. If Sata was truly a pro-poor president, he would have demonstrated some personal sacrifice. A good example is the Malawian President J Banda who reduced her salary by about 30% to about $40,000 per annum. She said it was not fair for her to a huge salary in the midst of high poverty levels in Malawi. Sata is now shifting the blame to MPs. I thought the President had the final say. Even when MPs propose salary increments for leaders, it is the President who signs the bill into law. Who is running the show? The President or MPs?

    duba
    October 17, 2013 at 6:58 am
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  15. Mr. President the money you’ve got is the same money nurses , teachers and other public servants have been craving for and you think they are being unreasonable. For you it is even different because the state feeds , clothes and transports you. For the commoners it’s even more agony to have children in tertiary schools. Don’t use the ten commandments in rhetoric only and to advance your own schemes. Ala Lesa or Mulungu or Kalunga or Mwami Leza tatemwa. After all even after your presidency in 2016 you are already assured of 80% of the incumbency and a house which you may have already built or you will build after your one term presidency. Lift up the Zambians first before you can think of self – mark of biblical leadership.

    The scrutiniser
    October 17, 2013 at 8:51 am
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  16. 1. FLASHBACK: WHAT GREEDY HYPOCRITE SATA SAID ABOUT PRESIDENTIAL AND MPS INCREMENTS IN 2008
    Sunday, August 03, 2008

    Levy opposed Cabinet pay increment – Sata

    By Patson Chilemba (Post newspaper)
    Saturday August 02, 2008 [04:00]

    PATRIOTIC Front (PF) president Michael Sata yesterday said President Levy Mwanawasa opposed salary and allowance
    increments for constitutional office holders and…
    senior government officials last April.
    Commenting on Cabinet’s approval of the salary and allowance
    increments, Sata said President Mwanawasa did not
    want the increments to be implemented “That
    budget, those salary increments, were approved in
    March. But Levy did not want them to be
    implemented because they were too high. He
    realised the difficulties which we were going to
    have about fuel, difficulties about food and then
    the problem of K400 billion for the Muzorewa
    National Constitutional Conference NCC,” Sata said.
    “Levy did not want to implement that and I
    challenge anyone of them to challenge me. He
    didn’t approve it. They should have got it on the
    1st of April but he did not approve, that’s why they
    did not get it.” Sata said it was immoral for Cabinet
    to approve such hefty allowances while President
    Mwanawasa was ill in hospital. “It is very immoral,
    very, very immoral for Rupiah Banda Vice-President
    and his colleagues to be so greedy that they don’t
    care about their colleague who is in hospital. They
    are just using him because they want to empower
    their handbags, they want to empower their purses
    and their pockets,” he said. Sata described the
    hefty allowances as the worst plunder. He said
    Cabinet ministers wanted to amass as much wealth
    as they could in the absence of President
    Mwanawasa. “By the time Levy comes, there will be
    nothing left with this reckless government. They
    even have the guts. Even when they take to
    Parliament, who is going to sign for that
    appropriation bill? You mean they have already
    given Rupiah the power to sign?” Sata asked. He
    noted that salary increments should be
    commensurate to performance but that there was
    nothing Cabinet ministers had done to deserve an
    upward adjustment to their remuneration. Sata
    said Zambian taxpayers should not be made to pay
    for an inefficient government. He said most
    Zambian leaders lacked the spirit of sacrifice and
    loyalty to the people. Sata said it was difficult to
    understand how Cabinet could allocate itself hefty
    allowances when strategic institutions like the
    University of Zambia (UNZA) and hospitals were in
    perpetual problems. “And what type of a Cabinet is
    this? Yesterday, we were told by the Central
    Statistical Office (CSO) that inflation has gone to
    12.6 per cent. They are adding more inflation
    because the money they are releasing is for
    consumption,” Sata said. “And when it suits them,
    they lie, ‘we can’t do anything because the
    President is not here’… like Professor Lungwangwa
    Geoffrey, education minister has been lying at
    university. They can’t pay the money because the
    President is not here. Now the President is not here,
    how are they giving themselves that hefty amount
    of money?” Sata said Cabinet officials could not
    demand salary and allowance increments because
    they were entitled to many other benefits such as
    free accommodation, airtime, security and vehicles
    “And they themselves they want to be more fat.
    They want to be waxing more in fat. By the time
    Levy comes back, they will be too fat that they
    won’t even be able to walk to the Airport to go and
    meet him,” Sata said. “Don’t be in a hurry. Let’s
    wait for Levy.” Sata also said it would be difficult for
    parliamentarians to oppose the hefty allowances
    because they had been included in the upward
    adjustment. He said he would personally confront
    President Mwanawasa over the allowances when he
    returns from France. Sata further said agencies
    such as the Energy Regulation Board (ERB),
    Communications Authority of Zambia and the Rural
    Electrification Authority should be scraped off
    because they were a drain on the nation’s
    resources. Similarly, Sata said, the NCC should be
    suspended. “The Governor of the Bank of Zambia
    must not be a yardstick,” said Sata. On July 24 this
    year, Cabinet approved salary and allowance
    increments for constitutional office holders and
    senior government officials. According to an official
    document obtained by The Post, Cabinet approved
    a 15 per cent salary increment for constitutional
    office holders. Cabinet also approved the
    introduction of a Responsibility Allowance, which
    shall be paid to the President, Vice-President,
    ministers and deputy ministers. They also approved
    increment in the rates of allowances currently
    being paid to ministers, deputy ministers and
    senior government officials by 50 per cent of basic
    salary for housing allowance and 100 per cent for
    telephone, cell phone, water and electricity
    allowances. The proposed increase of salaries and
    allowances would help to bridge the gap between
    political leaders and senior government officials and
    those of private members of parliament and chief
    executives in grant-aided institutions.

    duba
    October 17, 2013 at 11:28 am
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