• Khama gets P650 348 responsibility allowance
President Ian Khama will walk away with close to P1 million annually as responsibility allowance, according to ammendments approved by parliament on Thursday to increase salaries and allowances of national assembly and Ntlo ya Dikgosi members by six per cent.
The six percent salary increase is for the 2015/16 financial year. The amendment will see the president, the attorney general, the auditor general, the secretary to the independent electoral commission and the director of public prosecutions being once again among the highest earners in the public service. The president will get a responsibility allowance of P651 348 per annum or P54 279 monthly. The Vice President will get P501 216 per annum, while a minister, other than an assistant Minister, will get P439 656 per annum.
The Speaker will get P439 656 per annum or P36 638 monthly while her deputy will get P370 692 or a monthly remuneration of P30 891. The leader of opposition will also get P370 692 per annum while the government whip will get P294 180 per annum while the opposition whip will get P282 756 per annum.
Meanwhile any other member will get P266 460 per annum or P23 563 monthly. In addition the amendment prescribes that every member who attends a meeting of the national assembly or a committee of the assembly shall receive an allowance at the rate of P339.90 for every day on which she/he attends such a meeting. Their transport allowances differ according to constituency.
Other allowances include hospitality allowance at the rate of P7 581.12 per annum, further more every member other the VP, a minister, the Speaker, an assistant minister, a deputy speaker and the leader of opposition shall when necessary absent from Botswana attending of official engagements receive a hospitality allowance of P284.29 together with a subsistence allowance at the rate payable to public officers for every day.
Members of the national assembly will also get a communication allowance at the rate of P33 428.16 per annum.
Meanwhile the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of Ntlo ya Dikgosi shall be paid a salary at the rate of P35 119.92 and P31 736.40 respectively per annum. Other members of Ntlo ya Dikgosi shall be paid P26 533.92 per annum. They too shall be paid P339.89 for attendance of Ntlo ya Dikgosi meetings.
Other allowances include a hospitality allowance of P284.29 when necessary absent from Botswana attending of official engagements receive a hospitality allowance of P284.29 together with a subsistence allowance at the rate payable to public officers for every day or part and an accommodation allowance of P50 256.72 per annum.