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Members of Parliament get half gratuity

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Sosten Gwengwe

By Wezzie Gausi:

Some members of Parliament (MPs) have received half gratuity after completing half of their five-year term, The Daily Times can reveal.

According to the International Labour Organisation, gratuity is the amount paid by an employer to the employee for the services rendered by him/her during the period of employment.

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National Assembly sources have confided in us that other legislators are in the process of getting K10 million loans.

The sources said some parliamentarians pushed for K10 million loans, a demand the secretariat has succumbed to.

We have it on authority that the secretariat has since issued letters for them to get loans from banks.

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“It is true that some members of Parliament have received gratuity.

“However, not everyone has received the gratuity. Again, not everyone is getting the K10 million loan. This is a choice that one has to make,” the source said.

The lawmaker added that he did not have plans to get gratuity or a loan for the time being.

The sentiments were corroborated by four other lawmakers.

When contacted, Parliament spokesperson Ian Mwenye confirmed the development.

He was quick to say MPs are entitled to gratuity.

“This is not the first time it has happened. About the loans; that’s a personal choice. Even when staff who are entitled to get loans from banks [ask for loans], Parliament does facilitate Letters of Undertaking,” Mwenye said.

Finance Minister Sosten Gwengwe also confirmed the development, saying getting half of the gratuity is normal.

He said MPs have been getting their half gratuity after serving half their term.

“It has been a routine exercise for the MPs but the Treasury cannot speak on loans, as that is an administrative matter to do with the Parliament secretariat,” Gwengwe said.

Economist Milwad Tobias said there is no economic implication on the development.

He said the government has an obligation to pay gratuity to its employees.

“There is nothing wrong with what has happened. The MPs need to get what is due to them,” Tobias said.

Recently the MPs also started receiving security allowances.

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