Legislators have asked the Parliament to give them their accommodation allowances so that they can pay on their own and in hotels of their own choice.
This request comes at a time when accommodation providers are reportedly shunning MPs over unpaid accommodation bills.
Speaking during a budget debate on the Finance Bill, the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Budget and Finance, Felix Mhona, said:
Untimely release of funds has made Parliament to accumulate huge outstanding payment arrears to service providers who are now shunning Parliament, and this has put a serious dent on the dignity of Parliamentarians who are now shunned by hotels and other service providers.
As a custodian of constitutional democracy, Parliament needs adequate resources to carry out its mandate consistent with Section 325 (b) of the Constitution and there should be no negotiation on that regard.
The Committee feels that by allowing Parliament to manage its own budget, a win-win situation will be created as this will enable Administration of Parliament to implement a wholesome package where MPs are given a monthly stipend and allowed to manage their own affairs.
Mhona added that the proposed arrangement would enable legislators to choose the accommodation that is cheap and comfortable for them.
Mhona’s remarks were reiterated by Norton legislator, Temba Mliswa (Independent) who said that MPs disliked hotels which the Parliament was renting for them.
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