Saturday, September 26, 2020

Public Accounts Committee suspends MPs’ allowances

Members of Parliament have been claming allowances for traveling between Parliament and their constituencies, although the perk is not provided for under the National Assembly (Salaries and Allowances) Act – it emerged this week.

Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has instructed the national assembly clerk, Alpheus Matlhaku, to suspend the Member of Parliament’s subsistence allowance which is paid monthly to MPs for traveling between their constituencies and Parliament. The PAC pointed out that the allowance is not provided for in the auditor’s report
Matlhaku could not be drawn into discussing how much MPs have been drawing under the unauthorized vote but said that “the matter is now in the hands of higher authority.”

The PAC is expected to convene and discuss the matter at a soon to be held all party caucus meeting.

The decision to suspend the allowance comes just a few months after the signing of the national assembly’s Salaries and Allowance Act, which currently provides members of parliament with a sitting allowance, Transport allowance, constituency allowance, hospitality allowance, and communication allowance all of which cost about P298.106.00 per annum excluding the president, vice president, ministers and the speaker’s allowances and salaries.

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