HOME Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu says President Michael Sata is ready to forfeit his 10 per cent salary increment provided the opposition members of Parliament (MPs) followed suit.
Mr Lungu said in an interview yesterday that it was disheartening that some opposition MPs were using the salary increment to gain political mileage when they were in the forefront pushing for an upward adjustment to the recently increased perks.
He wondered why the opposition MPs were condemning the President when they offered him the increment through the standing orders committee of Parliament and had even shown willingness to increase their salaries further.
"The President is saying that's fine, but we have talked to the opposition UPND (United Party for National Development) and MMD (Movement for Multiparty Democracy) and they are saying we are with you and are actually saying it's not enough.
"So why are the opposition MPs condemning the increment when they gave him that money through the standing orders committee," he said.
Mr Lungu said it was the UPND and MMD to make a decision on whether to withdraw the increment or not.
Mr Sata in a statement dismissed assertions that he had awarded himself a 10 per cent salary increment.
The Head of State explained that salaries and allowances for the Head of State, Vice-President, Chief Whip, leader of opposition, Cabinet ministers, deputy ministers and members of Parliament are determined by the Standing Orders Committee of Parliament.
Mr Sata had said this in a statement issued by his Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations, George Chellah in Lusaka on Wednesday.