Stop sitting allowances'
LUDZIDZINI – ‘Habitual’ caller of national radio station SBIS 1 (siswati channel) Mandla Mbetse has suggested that sitting allowances for parliamentarians be stopped.
Mbetse, whose submission was warmly received by the crowd, said he did not understand the reason for this allowance because being in parliament was what the legislators were elected for.
He queried why they were receiving a basic salary and an allowance for doing their job.
"These MPs claim sitting allowances yet the country is said to have no money. Why not suspend the allowances because sitting in the House is part of their job?
"Do teachers also have to get paid for their title and also get an allowance for writing on the chalkboard?" Mbetse wondered.
‘ ... why pay former prime ministers for doing nothing?’
LUDZIDZINI - Sib-aya recommended that former prime ministers currently receiving allowances from government should be assigned to execute certain government duties in return of the money they receive.
This recommendation from Vusi Dlamini was received with cheers from members of the public who crammed Sibaya during the people’s parliament yesterday.
"If government was able to apply the no-work-no-pay rule on striking teachers, why then do we pay former prime ministers for doing nothing?
"These are some of the reasons we fail to understand that government is faced with a financial crisis, because no broke government would afford to pay people for doing absolutely nothing. I, therefore, recommend that former prime ministers be made to work for the allowances they receive from government," said Dlamini from LaMgabhi.
Dlamini added that former prime ministers were a valuable national resource and could effectively contribute to national development, if they were to be engaged by government on some national issues.
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