Councillors countrywide are plotting to have a meeting at which they shall petition Local government minister Vincent Mwale to further review the K3,000 salary increment as it is too little to meet their requirements to run the wards.
Yesterday, Mwale announced that government is in the process of increasing the monthly allowance from the current K700 to K3,000 per month across the board. Mwale further said that the councillors will be paid by the Ministry of finance and not their respective councillors.
But some ruling PF civic leaders from the Copperbelt have described the increment as a mockery and demand that they be given atleast between K7,000 and K10.000 per month. The councillors argued that their work in the ward was enormous and wondered why there was such a disparity between their salaries and those of MPs and Mayors who both get in excess of K25,000 per month.
“We are the ones doing all the donkey work from party mobilisation through to attending to constituents’ problems but the people who just sit in the offices like Mayors should get about ten times what we are working for. We will petition Mwale to ensure that there is an increase,” said their group leader.
Meanwhile, a source at the Ministry of finance has disclosed that the payment of councillors will overstretch the already bleeding treasury as it will require more than K4.2m to pay the more than 1,400 councillors through out the country.