Parliament examines new pay scheme for top officials
Top public officials might see their salaries increased soon if a new bill regulating salaries and incentives given to them, currently examined by the chamber of deputies, gets adopted.
According to the proposal, the high ranking officials are subdivided into four main categories which will determine the incentives they will be getting, Labor and Public Service Minister Anastase Murekezi told the chamber of deputies.
The President of the Republic constitutes the first category and in the proposal his salary would be increased by 15%. He will also be granted accommodation equipped with all basic materials, transport and communication, security, fee allowance for taking care of guests, etc.
The Prime Minister, presidents of senate and chamber of deputies, who constitute the second category, will get their monthly salaries increased by 17%. They will also get facilities in transport, fees for taking care of guests, buying a vehicle free of tax and other basic needs.
The third category comprises ministers and their permanent secretaries, vice presidents of the senate and the chamber of deputies, governors of province and the mayor of Kigali city. Monthly salaries of these politicians would be increased by 22% and they would provided with security guards, facilities to own a tax-free vehicle and housing allowances.
The bill gives to the fourth category of senators and deputies an increase of salary by 30% and housing allowance of Frw 250,000 compared to Frw 100,000 they get now.
The bill also provides that the ex-Presidents will also be getting 80% of the salary of the ruling President and the same facilities. Retired officials of the second category will continue to get their facilities for a year after their mandate while those in the remaining two categories will get the same facilities for six months.
Minister Murekezi said that the draft was prepared in order to harmonize incentives granted to the public officials with the new policy regulating public salaries that will be into force in July.