Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu says President Michael Sata is ready to forfeit his 10 percent salary increment provided the opposition members of parliament (MPs) followed suit.
Mr Lungu said in an interview yesterday that it was disheartening that some opposition members of parliament were using the salary increment to gain political mileage when some of them were even pushing for an upward adjustment to the recently increased perks.
He wondered why the opposition members of parliament were condemning the President when they offered him the increment through the standing orders committee of Parliament and have even shown willingness to increase their salaries further.
“The President is saying that’s fine, but we have talked to the opposition UPND and MMD and they are saying we are with you and are actually saying it’s not enough, So you go and ask your opposition members of parliament why they are condemning the increment when they gave him that money through the standing orders committee,” he said.
He said the ball was in the courts of the UNPD and MMD to make a decision on whether to withdraw the increment or not, adding that despite their utterances in the media there was consensus on the increment from all members of parliament.
So if they say they don’t want it, we will give it up because they are the ones saying that this is what they use for activities in their constituencies” Mr Lungu said.