Government has defended the recent hike in Chief’s salaries from K4,000 to 15,000 per month with immediate effect.
Chief’s and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Joseph Katema said in an interview that the increment is not a political gimmick to hoodwink Chiefs into influencing their subjects to vote for the PF.
Dr Katema revealed that the increment in Chief’s salaries was budgeted in the 2016 national budget.
He explained that its implementation was delayed as the Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs was waiting for the availability of funds from the Ministry of Finance.
“This increment is not outside the budget. The budget line was formulated and approved by Parliament. People ought to realise that Government doesn’t cease to function even when there are elections. We are making the disbursements now because this is when the money has been released,’ Dr Katema said.
Government has come under intense condemnation from several sectors of society over the timing of the increment in Chief’s salaries alleging that the move is aimed at inducing the traditional leadership into supporting the PF in the August elections.