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MPs' Salary Hike Demands Outrageous

By Malvern Mkudu

Last week’s reports that Members of Parliament are demanding salaries of between $2,000 and $10,000 is sufficient proof that most of the leaders occupying public office are more concerned about self aggrandisement rather than improving the lives of ordinary Zimbabweans.

This is not the first time that MPs have called for an improvement in their remuneration. They are making these demands despite not having done enough to justify these demands and being aware of the ever shrinking economic cake.

The legislature is supposed to have an oversight role on the Executive arm of government but parliament has fared dismally on this end.

According to Parliament ‘these core functions have evolved over time and in their current form; they mainly comprise legislation, consent to taxation and control of public expenditure, debate on government policy and scrutiny of government administration.’

Parliament has dismally failed in

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