Dodoma — THE Zanzibar House of Representatives has clarified on reports that all members of Constituent Assembly from the Isles currently in Dodoma are receiving 420,000/- as daily allowance.
Speaking to the 'Daily News on Saturday' on Friday, the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Mr Yahaya Khamis Hamad said the members had only presented their request to the Zanzibar government to top up their daily allowance from 80,000/- to 200,000/-, which is normally paid to them when working outside Zanzibar.
"The members are still waiting for the government of Zanzibar to respond to their request after it was noted the per diem in the CA is 80,000/-," he said. Mr Hamad said the government of Zanzibar has not yet responded to the request of the 82 members of topping up the difference of 120,000/-.
Apart from the per diem of 80,000/- members of the Constituent Assembly pocket a special allowance of 220,000/- He, however, noted that it is unlikely for the government to top up the difference because the budget allocated for his office is not sufficient to meet the members' demands.
He said money paid out to 53 members of the House of Representatives at the National Assembly grounds in Dodoma recently was due to them for work already done. "The payment was for work the 53 representatives had done, but they had not been paid yet. I was directed by the government of Zanzibar to follow up and ensure the members are paid. I think that is why others thought the payment was an increment to the allowances," he explained.
Some of the members of the Constituent Assembly on Tuesday asked the government to consider increasing the allowance of 300,000/- per day the members were receiving.
The issue was raised by Mr Richard Ndassa and supported by many of the members, with some claiming that their counterparts from Zanzibar have received an increase to 420,000/-. The assembly's Interim Chairman, Pandu Ameir Kificho has since formed a six-member committee to follow up on the matter.