Zimbabwe’s MPs want salaries of $4 000 to $10 000 a month


Zimbabwe’s legislators, currently earning $1 124 a month and a representation allowance of $1 046, would like to have their salaries pegged at $4 000 to $10 000.

The reason, they claim, is that they are the lowest paid people’s representatives in the region.

The average take-home salary in Zimbabwe is currently $350 a month which would mean that the legislators, if paid $4 000 a month, would be earning the annual salary of an average worker each month.

Put simply, it would take the average worker, 12 years to earn what his or her legislator earns a year.

At $10 000 a month, it would take the average worker 28 months- two years and four months- to earn what the legislator takes home every month.

Zimbabwe is currently struggling to pay its civil servants and failed to pay them their bonuses last year.

It had a budget deficit of $1.2 billion in the first 11 months of last year.


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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