Government has with immediate effect increased the monthly salary for ward councillors by K50 000 just hours after it has been leaked that members of parliament have fattened their pay cheques.
An internal memo from principal secretary for the ministry of Local government, Charles Kalemba to all city, town and district councils says each ward councillor would now be getting K150 000 up from K100 000 a month.
Kalemba said the increment would be regularized during the mid-term budget review of parliament.
He says the new salaries take effect from January 1, 2020.
Kalemba has since asked the councils to negotiate with banks on personal loans for the ward councilors.