ALLOWANCE FOR FIRST LADY REJECTED


Parliament has rejected a proposal to pay the First Lady an allowance, saying it was illegal.

“The spouse of a president shall be entitled to an allowance calculated at fifty per centum of the salary and allowances payable in terms of section two to the president, reads a proposed amendment to the Presidential Salary and Allowances Act.

"The spouse of vice president shall be entitled to an allowance calculated at fifty per centum of the salary and allowances payable in terms of the vice president."

The Financial Gazette reports that Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa removed the proposal after MPs strongly objected to it. 

“He withdrew the proposal after we had contested its constitutionality and that there is no legal basis for the first lady to get an allowance,” said MDC chief whip, Innocent Gonese.


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