Centre For Human Rights and Rehabilitation(CHRR) Executive Director, Timothy Mtambo, has slammed members of parliament for demanding increase in their daily accommodation allowances from K50,000.
MP Alekeni Menyani on Thursday, last week, suggested to Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe to increase the legislators K50, 000 daily allowance arguing it is inadequate to afford them put up in luxurious hotels when parliament is meeting.
“One day the honourable minister should accompany members of parliament to see where the honourable members put up in Chigwiri or Bwandiro, it is pathetic,” he said.
However, reacting to the demands, Mtambo described them as unrealistic and frivolous.
Mtambo said the appetite for hefty allowance is a mockery to poor Malawians who are struggling to make their ends meet.
He said there are even some civil servants who live below K50,000 per month.
And here are some members who says K50,000 allowance per day is small.
“Those are unrealistic quests. To be honest it is not a priority. MPs must prioritize the sufferings of the people, they are there for the people.
“It does not send a good message for them to be making such demands at the moment like this. It is insensitive of them. We know that the economy has hit all of us badly, the MPs inclusive, we understand their concerns but their demands are not strategic and timely. Their allowances is truly not a priority,” Said Mtambo.
Executive Director of Justice Link, Justin Dzonzi has since urged MPs to be serious in Parliament