Kwa mujibu wa Sheria ya Utumishi wa Wabunge ya 1997 (siina uhakika kama imewahi kufanyiwa marekebisho) Wajumbe wa Tume ya Utumishi ya Bunge: (WAJUMBE WOTE NI WABUNGE) (a) the Speaker, who shall be the Chairman, (b) the Deputy Speaker, who shall be the Vice- Chairman; (c) The Minister responsible for Parliamentary Affairs; (d) five other members appointed by the National Assembly from amongst its Members. (3) The Clerk shall be the Secretary of the Commission and shall be responsible for securing or facilitating the implementation of all the decisions of the Commission Wafanyakazi wengine wa Tume mishahara yao na marupurupu yao yanatakiwa yaendane na yale ya Tume ya Utumishi wa Umma - ukiondoa Katibu wa Tume Ibara ya 7: (2) In the performance of its functions under this section, the Commission shall ensure that the complementing, grading and pay of staff in the Service are kept broadly in line with those in the Civil Service, and that so far as consistent with the requirements set by the National Assembly, the other conditions of staff in the Service are also kept broadly in line with those in the Civil Service. (3) The Commission shall ensure that, the pensions and other similar terminal benefits of staff in the service are kept in line with the provisions of the main pension scheme of the Civil Service, but shall not do so in the case of staff for whom provision for such benefits was made under another statutory scheme before they entered service in the National Assembly. Maamuzi yao yanaamuliwa na Bunge (mapendezo toka kwa wabunge yanaulizwa wabunge wote!) na wakipitisha fedha ni lazima zilipwe mara moja kwenye mfuko wa Bunge Ibara ya 11: The moneys required from time to time for the purposes of this Act shall, when the estimates have been approved by Parliament, be paid by the Treasury from the Consolidated Fund into the National Assembly Fund. Ibara ya 12: Tume inaweza kubadilisha mapendekezo ya makadiridio yatakayoletwa na Katibu wa Bunge Mgogoro na Ibara ya 13? The Commission shall from time to time, Prepare and recommend to the President the rates of salaries, allowances and other remuneration to be paid to Members of Parliament. Swali kuhusu Ibara ya 11, 12 na ile ya 13? Je Rais anahitaji kuridhia ongezo la mishahara ya wabunge kwa mujibu wa sheria? Napendekeza kwamba (kwa maoni yangu) RAis anapewa taarifa tu; sheria haimtaki kuridhia kwani uamuzi wa mwisho wa makadirio na maamuzi ya kulipa wabunge yanafanywa na Tume hiyo. Sheria haimtaki rais kuridhia mapendekezo hayo au chombo kingine chochote. Tunaweza kujadiliana juu ya use ya neno "recommend" but in light of Article 11 Spika Makinda yuko sahihi. Kulinganisha na TUme nyingine za Utumishi? NImejaribu kulinganisha japo kwa haraka haraka na tume nyingine za utumishi ili kuona kama kinachofanywa na Wabunge kinafanywa na tume hizo nyingine (walitungiwa sheria na Bunge!). Je, tume ya utumishi ya Walimu au ya Mahakama na hata tume ya Utumishi wa Umma ziko huru kama tume ya Utumishi wa Bunge kufanya wapendavyo kuhusu fedha za Watanzania? Where did we go wrong?