Presidential Renumeration Bill passed without amendment
16 Mar 2016 09:30am
WINDHOEK, 16 MAR (NAMPA) - The Presidential Remuneration and Other Benefits Bill was Tuesday passed in the National Assembly (NA) without any amendments.
The new bill seeks to repeal the Presidential Remuneration and Other Benefits Act, 2012 (Act No 15 of 2012) and was introduced in the NA the Minister of Presidential Affairs Frans Kapofi on 02 March 2016.
The Presidential Remuneration and Other Benefits Bill 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 or her spouse; and to provide for incidental matters.
Members of Parliament did not object to the bill during the debate of the second reading on Tuesday.
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 equal to the monthly remuneration payable to a Permanent Secretary (PS) employed by 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 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.
The bill will be referred to the National Council for review.