Crisis in Mozambique reaches deputies’ pockets


The economic crisis that Mozambique is currently facing is also affecting parliamentarians in the provinces of Maputo, Gaza, Manica, Zambézia and Inhambane. Worst hit is Inhambane, where a total of 70 deputies in the provincial assembly have not received their salaries and allowances since November last year (2016).

Almost all of the affected deputies have no means by which to support their families and are running out of options, says the head of the Renamo parliamentary bench, Ângelo Fafetine. Fafetine says MPs were aware of the 2016 cuts to the state budget, but at the time the government gave assurances that parliamentarians would receive their salaries in full. Yet, despite government’s assurance, many deputies have not received a salary for over four months.

The president of the Inhambane Provincial Assembly, Pedro Mariano, confirmed to Deutsche Welle that the salary crisis originated from the cuts to the 2016 State Budget. Deutsche Welle attempted to contact the head of the Frelimo parliamentary bench in Inhambane for comment, however, the publication was unsuccessful.

Source: Deutsche Welle

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