UPND Leader Hakainde Hichilema has revealed that President Micheal Sata has hiked his salary by 27% and not 10%, as earlier claimed by State House.
Mr Hichilema claimed that Mr. Sata’s salary has been increased by 17% higher than the figure given to the public.
Mr. Hichilema explained that the 27% in monetary terms translates to K87, 406, adding that this amount cannot be a slight adjustment as falsely stated by Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda.
He noted that this adjustment translates to a pay rise of K7, 284 per month and is far much beyond many civil servants basic pay.
The UPND leader added that the argument that President Sata is the lowest paid in the region and therefore needed an adjustment is another lie that needs public disapproval because the president gets a higher salary than Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Malawian President Joyce Banda.
Mr. Hichilema has since demanded that President Sata rejects the 27% salary increment awarded to him.
He has challenged Mr. Sata to lead by example as a leader and forgo his salary rather than saying that he will only forgo when opposition MPs do so.
This is contained in a letter addressed to President Sata by Mr. Hichilema dated 21stOctober 2013.