02 Mar 2016 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 02 MAR (NAMPA) The Minister of Presidential Affairs Frans Kapofi on Wednesday introduced the Presidential Remuneration and Other Benefits Bill in the National Assembly.
This Bill seeks to repeal the Presidential Remuneration and Other Benefits Act, 2012 (Act No 15 of 2012).
The new Bill - Presidential Remuneration and Other Benefits Act, 2016 - provides for the payment of remuneration and other benefits, including medical aid, to the President and his or her spouse, and to the Vice-President (VP) and his and her spouse; and to provide for incidental matters.
According to the Bill, remuneration payable to the President is fixed at a rate of 15 per cent above the remuneration payable to the VP, while the VPs remuneration is 15 per cent above that of the Prime Minister in terms of the Public Office Bearers (Remuneration and Benefits) Commission Act, 2005 (Act No.3 of 2005).
It makes provision for the payment of allowances to the spouses of the President and VP, with the First Lady earmarked to get a monthly allowance which is equal to the monthly remuneration payable to a Permanent Secretary (PS) in the employ of the government, while the spouse of the VP is earmarked to get a monthly allowance equal to that of a deputy PS.
The Bill also makes provision for the payment of all medical aid costs to legally dependent children of the President and VP. Such children are unmarried and under the age of 18, unless the child is a full-time student at a tertiary institution, or is physically or mentally disabled and thus unable to provide for their own maintenance.
The President may, on the recommendation of the Public Office-Bearers (Remuneration and Benefits) Commission established in terms of section 2 of the Public Office Bearers (Remuneration and Benefits) Commission Act, 2005 (Act No. 3 of 2005), grant further benefits to Presidential spouses.
All remuneration, benefits and allowances must be paid from the State Revenue Fund out of the monies appropriated by Parliament for that purpose.
The Bill also suggests that any remuneration, benefits and allowances paid and the value of benefits relating to medical aid received be exempted from income tax.