Vice President Inonge Wina has announced that President Edgar Lungu has cut his monthly salary by 50 percent as part of his government’s austerity measures.
Mrs Wina told Parliament that President Lungu has reduced his monthly pay by as much as 50 percent in order to demonstrate his government’s commitment to austerity measures.
According to the Statutory Instrument 19 of 2016, President Lungu’s monthly salary is pegged at
K36 million K 36 000 per month.
Mrs Wina was answering a question from UPND Member of Parliament for Mazabuka Central Garry Nkombo who wanted to find out whether it is true that Government has procured 45 GX vehicles for newly appointed Ministers.
But the Vice President said such reports are untrue and that Cabinet has at no time even deliberated on such a proposal.
She said government is now focused on administering austerity measures across all government operations and that all government officials have to make sacrifices.
“On the issue of buying new vehicles Mr Speaker, this is news to me. I am hearing about this for the first time because even Cabinet has never considered such a proposal,” Mrs Wina said.