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MPs sitting allowances unjustifiable – survey

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  1. BAK

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    [h=2]MPs sitting allowances unjustifiable – survey[/h]

    By Judica Tarimo

    25th June 2011

    Academicians, activists, private sector and ordinary people have criticised paying sitting allowances to Members of Parliament and senior public servants in the face of poverty and rising costs of living for ordinary Tanzanians.

    In a survey by The Guardian yesterday, most people said paying such money was unjustified when a significant number of Tanzanians survived on less than one dollar a day.

    Ananilea Nkya, Executive Director of the Tanzania Media Women Association (TAMWA) described the sitting as "daylight robbery", which should be condemned by all Tanzanians.

    "It's totally against the principles of good governance…everybody, every Tanzanian, must condemn the package. We have to join forces and aggressively fight against sitting allowances to the MPs," said Nkya.
    She said the package should be scrapped immediately, noting: "This should be done regardless of whether the allowances are justified by law or customs or any regulation."

    Nkya said the allowances were being paid while millions of Tanzanians were facing critical problems, including poor health services, education, power crisis and shortages of other social services.

    A political scientist and lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Dr Benson Bana criticised sitting allowances to the MPs and senior civil servants, saying: "My stand has always been clear on this issue. There is no justification of paying allowances to both MPs and senior government executives while executing their routine duties."

    Bana, who is an expert in human resources management, said there was no scientific evidence that
    sitting allowances could serve as a motivation to employees.
    He added: "Sitting allowances to public leaders was not-duty facilitation allowance in meetings…it is not brain-facilitation allowance in meeting…it cannot be used as a motivational ingredient for improving performance of public leaders."

    The don said sitting allowances could be justified if paid after the respective leaders had worked beyond official hours, and not while executing their duties during the official hours.
    Jaliath Rangi, Programme Officer of Dar es Salaam-based Human Development Trust (HDT) suggested that the billions of shillings currently being paid as sitting allowances to the MPs should be channelled to the pro-poor development programmes - roads infrastructure, construction of schools, water projects, etc.

    He said it was unreasonable to pay huge sums of money in sitting allowances to the MPs, noting: "Monthly salaries and other allowances given to them are more than enough."
    Kamili Mmbando, coordinator of programmes of Dar es Salaam-based public relations firm, Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) criticised the sitting allowances to the MPs, but was of the view that allowances to the public servants should stay.

    "MPs have many allowances…these should be scrapped. But it is unfair to scrap allowances for public servants who are lowly-paid. Allowances serve as incentives to them," said Mmbando.
    The public views come in the wake of pressure from opposition MPs, led by Chadema legislators to scrap sitting allowances on the premise that the package amounted to misuse of public resources.

    After extensive and heated debates over the issue in the august House, the Prime Minister, Mizengo Pinda said recently that the MPs' allowances were a constitutional matter and that they could not be scrapped just like that.
    On Thursday opposition leader in the Parliament, Freeman Mbowe was quoted as saying that Chadema planned to write a letter to the Clerk of National Assembly not to give the party's MPs sitting allowances.

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    Chadema wamewasha moto ambao kuuzima kwake ni kufuta hizo posho. Hawa jamaa ni wezi wa mchana na bila aibu wanaendelea kutetea huo wizi!!!!

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    Halafu yule Pinda anatoa kauli ya hovyo hovyo kwamba kulipana posho ya Trilioni moja kwa mwaka imo kwenye katiba!!! na kuongezea eti Wabinge wa CHADEMA wanazimezea mate. Eti mtu anayetoa kauli kama hizi ni Waziri Mkuu wa nchi!!!!
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    Majibu ya Pinda mimi uwa nayafananisha na mzoga ulioingiwa na funza kwa miaka mingi
    kuyarekebisha ili kuwa sawa na hali halisi yataka moyo

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    Mkuu Pinda yupo pale kama mtoto mdogo hana maamuzi yoyote anamtumikia bwana
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    Kama ni many mbona tunang'ang'ania sitting peke yake, tufanye survey ya allowances zingine ambazo zinamfanya mbunge alipwe allowance ya Shs. million 5 kwa mwezi wakti mshahara wake ni million 2.3. Tuangalie posho za kujikimu, posho za viburudisho, mikopo, viinua mgongo.
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    Nadhani kwa jinsi Pinda alivyojibu siku ile kuhusiana na suala la sitting allowance, sina jina kamili analostahili kuitwa, ila nadhani aheri mtu anitukane tusi lolote lakini siyo kuniambia nina akili kama za Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda. Sijawahi kushuhudia kiongozi mnafiki na dhaifu kama huyu!
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    [h=2]MPs` sitting allowances: We must probe the bigger picture[/h]

    By Editor

    26th June 2011

    If anyone were to suggest that history should be rewound to revive the system under which members of parliament traveled by hired buses to Dodoma for parliamentary sessions, he or she would risk being branded a lunatic.

    Yet, given the noises that have lately clouded sitting allowances for the men and women who are technically Number One servants of the constituents who voted them into the law making chamber (Bunge), the lunacy aspect has to be assessed critically.

    Granted, traveling by bus may be deemed demeaning for the men and women we address as honourable, and who insist on being addressed as such, although by word and deed, some of them render that reverential reference hollow.

    But is it justifiable for MPs to cruise around in expensive fuel-guzzling juggernauts that cost over Sh40million each? It is a sad spectacle, indeed, that those vehicles traverse villages, trading centres and townships inhabited by mostly abject poverty-stricken inhabitants.

    Even in urban constituents, the majority of people are hard-pressed to raise commuter bus fare, three square meals a day is an elusive dream; but their presumed Bunge servants enjoy the comfort of very posh vehicles.
    Not much is being said about MPs' vehicles, in terms of whether they can't make do with cheaper, but strong enough machines to conquer the mostly difficult Tanzanian hinterland terrain; symbolically at the very least, and sincerely at best, to project them as leaders of poor citizens.

    Attention, instead, is focused on sitting allowances, which, though justified, are meaningless, or at least weakened as a debating issue, when, or if they are pursued in isolation of, instead of the wholesomeness of MPs' package.
    Suppose, for argument's sake, sitting allowances are withdrawn, do the rest of the financial and other entitlements of the poor Tanzanians' servants rhyme with the majority of their ‘employers' who live below the poverty line and personify the ‘one-meal-per-day' syndrome ?

    After a mere five-year tenure in the august house, an MP's so-called golden handshake is some Sh40million. How does that compare with the miserly amounts that most civil servants get in pension and related entitlements?

    Whatever patriotism-driven sentiments may be aired, the plain truth is that, relatively now, unlike during the First Phase government, financial inducements constitute the itch for many people to become MPs.

    This explains the tension, squabbling and even physical confrontations that rock campaigns for securing political party endorsements for candidature; and why a diversity of professionals, plus non-professionals and even social misfits seek to become MPs.

    Worse is the corruption dimension, featuring wealthy, private agenda-nursing king and queen makers, as well as fortune seekers who reckon that the rewards of toil in the civil service, private sector or academia are highly dwarfed by Bunge emoluments.

    In the not-so-distant past, a storm was raised when a proposal was raised, to limit parliamentary terms to a maximum of two, against the current indefinite allowance, whose by-product is some individuals branding their respective constituencies as personal entities.

    Again, patriotism may be invoked, as well as a claim that particular constituents have an undying faith in their MP and feel that no-one else can serve them as he or she does.
    Those are cheap smokescreens for financial and related gains as the real magnets that attract many people to ‘Bunge'.

    It is a disease, indeed, whose symptoms are known - what remains is to seek a decisive cure; then, issues like sitting allowances, posh vehicles and retirement packages won't arise, or will do so on a relatively tolerable scale.