Parliamentarians gobble at least $200,000 per week

Parliamentarians gobble at least $200,000 per week
Published: 07 October 2013
Parliamentarians gobble at least $200 000 per week in sitting allowances and accommodation when both Houses sit.

Government also pays the legislators' travel and subsistence allowances in the form of fuel coupons calculated at least at 2.5 kilometres per litre depending on the vehicle's engine capacity.

Ministers and their deputies are not entitled to the allowances because their upkeep falls under their ministries' budget.

There are about 290 backbenchers from Senate and the National Assembly entitled to these allowances.

The Eighth Parliament, with 350 members, is the biggest in Zimbabwe's history, up from the 276 members of the Seventh Parliament and was born out of the tripartite Constitution-making process that brought together Zanu-PF, MDC-T and MDC.

For a country of 13 mln inhabitants, Zimbabwe's legislature appears bigger than usual, for instance 52 mln strong South Africa has 400 legislators, Angola at 18 million people has 220 MPs, Mozambique at 24 mln has 250 seats and Ghana at 25 million people has 275 legislators.
- herald
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