Sata increased his salary by 27 percent, not 10 percent, reveals HH

Hakainde Hichilema

Hakainde Hichilema

Opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has revealed that President Michael Sata increased his salary by 27 percent and not 10 percent as claimed by State House and Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda.

Mr. Hichilema claims that President Sata’s salary has been increased by 17% higher than the figure that has been given to the public. He said the 27% in monetary terms translates to K87, 406, adding that this amount cannot be a slight adjustment as falsely stated by Mr. Shamenda.

The UPND leader further observes that this adjustment translates to a pay rise of K7, 284 per month and is far much beyond many Civil Servants basic pay.

He also says the argument that President Sata is the lowest paid in the region and therefore needed an adjustment is another lie that needs public disapproval because the President gets a higher salary than Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Malawian President Joyce Banda.

Mr. Hichilema has since demanded that President Sata rejects the 27% salary increment awarded to him. He has challenged President Sata to lead by example as a leader and forgo his salary rather than saying that he will only forgo when opposition MPs do so.

The UPND leader made the revelation in a letter a letter to President Sata dated October 21, 2013 obtained by Zambian Eye.