New Zimbabwe (London)

21 February 2014

Zimbabwe: Parly Should Regulate Salaries, Speaker

PARLIAMENT should draft a policy regulating the remuneration of executives running State, the Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Mudenda has said.

Mudenda said the law making house should come up with a policy that creates a remuneration commission to rationalise state enterprises salaries.

He said this while addressing an educational tour of parliament by students from the National Defence College.

"During the constitution-making process, there was a lot of debate around salaries and the draft had that clause but with the time element, in the final draft it was lost and we were surprised and we don't know how.

"I believe we need to go back to that clause to rationalise salaries of everyone," said Mudenda.

The Speaker said there is need to strengthen the Office of the Auditor General which was currently constrained and unable to investigate salary structures.

He also said there was no transparency in the appointment of boards in State enterprises since the positions were not advertised.

"Posts of board members are not advertised, hence a major weakness which leaves the Minister looking around for people he knows. There is need for strengthening the Office of the Auditor General to ensure that salaries are exposed," he said.

Mudenda's remarks follow media reports about corruption in parastatals where bosses awarded themselves colossal salaries and also abused tender procedures to enrich theme selves.

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