Equal pay for ministers, MPs: LPC

MASERU — The Lesotho People’s Congress (LPC) wants government ministers and MPs to be paid equal pay.

LPC president Kelebone Maope made the remarks while addressing the party’s annual general conference on Saturday night.

Maope said the government had for a very long time not shown any interest in saving money by hiring too many bureaucrats.

This practice had burdened taxpayers, he said.

“The number of rulers is too large and they are lucratively paid when compared to other sectors of society,” Maope said.

“We need to think how we can reduce this huge number of bureaucrats so that lots of money channelled to their salaries could be redirected to the development of the people.”

The LPC also wants that the number of ministers and other government top officials reduced.

Maope said government ministers could only surpass MPs in terms of their benefits.

Maope said the Basotho Congress Party (BCP), which ruled between 1993 and late 1997, had made a decision to ensure salaries for MPs and ministers were the same. He said under the LCD-led government public money is being wasted.

“Perhaps we congress members of today should revisit that decision (of BCP to equal MPs and ministers’ wages),” Maope said.

He said the government appears not to understand the problems the nation inherited from the colonial and apartheid eras.

“This is surprising because rulers in South Africa immediately after their independence realised this and set about putting in place what is called restructuring and national development policy to undo the apartheid damage and better the lives of victims of oppression,” he said.

“Lesotho like South Africa is a victim of apartheid.”

The LPC leader said the Lesotho government did not have a plan to rescue the majority of its people from abject poverty.

“All they busy themselves with is corruption and theft in what they termed block farming,” Maope said.

Corruption remained deep-rooted in government to the extent that even the Prime Minister’s office was affected.

He said this was the reason why the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Offences is probing the office.

“The rot is out of control to an extent that it is being stopped by the Americans, which is a sign that the authorities here tolerate it,” he said.

“The Americans through their programme Millennium Challenge Authority have just prevented corruption in the procurement of identity documents.”

“Bribery rules in this government,” Maope said.

The LPC conference supported Maope’s call that MPs and ministers should get equal pay.

The conference also resolved that MPs, ministers and all senior government officials should declare their assets before accepting their posts.

It was also decided that the party should work towards strengthening the Ombudsman’s office in an effort to monitor the government.

The Ombudsman’s duty is to receive and investigate complaints against government ministries, parastatals and civil servants.

LPC secretary general Moipone Piet told the delegates that the opposition party failed to implement last year’s resolutions because of financial constraints.

Piet said even the resolution to raise funds by holding small business clubs called stokvels flopped because only a few constituencies showed interest.

Finance Minister Timothy Thahane last night scoffed at Maope’s suggestion.

“Cutting a minister’s salary to equal the MPs will not have any economic impact,” Thahane said.

“How much do you find when you cut salaries of 18 ministers to equal the salaries of members of parliament? Can you say that will bring any economic change?” he said.

A Member of Parliament is paid an average of M252 000 per annum while a minister gets about M352 000.

There are 18 ministers and their collective annual salary is about M6.3 million annually, excluding benefits and allowances.

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28 thoughts on “Equal pay for ministers, MPs: LPC

  1. so equalization huh? i wonder… increase mps salaries or decrease ministers salaries? obvious huh??? Ha re jeng together, thats what u really saying briiiuu. You are all birds of a feather, and i say that with the greatest respect seeing as i was your student

  2. Ka mehla this Thaane guy oa pota. He justifies bad practices. To start with Lesotho ministers are not at all 18. They around 27. Though Maope said ministers, he was actually even including the so called ass minisiters. The 1.8 million difference would be enough to sent 600 people to RSA universities on a R30000 support per pupil. So Thahane is talking grap.

  3. Since 2007 the LCD government was described by the following extracts:

    1.“All they busy themselves with is corruption and theft in what they termed block farming,” Maope said.
    2.Corruption remained deep-rooted in government to the extent that even the Prime Minister’s office was affected.
    3.”The rot is out of control to an extent that it is being stopped by the Americans, which is a sign that the authorities here tolerate it,” he said.
    4.“The Americans through their programme Millennium Challenge Authority have just prevented corruption in the procurement of identity documents.”

  4. @Tsenolo,Thahane must revisit his Arithmetic 101 before he comments on numbers. Actually Lesotho has 27 ministers not the 18 that he is talking about. He has carefully chosen to refer to the so called ‘full’ ministers leaving besides those other half ministers which according to me we do not at aall need. Assistant ministers, what are those? What do they do? Even the 18 ministers are just to much for a population of 1.8 million. For every 100 000 citizens we have a minister. Nonsense. nxa. If we were China or Nigeria or India, how many ministers would we have?

  5. Ntate Maope ke utloa fela eka u na le taba fela ha ke sure. Tabeng ea pele paramente ea lesotho e na le litho tse ngata ho feta tekano ho latela hore boholo ba bona ke bo matlatsane.
    Ea bobeli Ntate Thahane he he he che he, e hlile ha fokotsa meputso ea matona le maparamente e tla etsa phapang hoba e tla hira Basotho kapa e patalle le ba bana ba bang sekolong.
    Taba ea boararo ha ho ke ho kenoe paramenteng ka li merit eseng ka bo batooa fela, honestly motho oa leparamentr ea sa hoehlang ka thata sekolong ha u mofa lunch ea 250 Maluti ka letsatsi ho hlakile o tla tlatsa fela ho thabisang ea mofepang.

  6. @ Lefefoane, nna ke ipotsa fela na bo ntate bana ha ba etela linaheng tse ling ba khutla ba boneng kapa ebe le litourist ba sa lo observer. zoka ke mathata hle

  7. Ntate Maope 2012 e atametse potso ea ka ke hore na chelete tsela tsa hore le ikalime tsona ka 2007 ha paramente e buloa na le se ntse le lipatala?

  8. This thing of implementing salary cuts for government ministers is not as a taboo as Thahane suggests. Many govenments that I know of have actually done it. Bulgaria, UK, NZ, Israel, Swaziland etc have done it. So Timothy should stop discouraging those who advocate salary cuts as though that thing is useless. Below I paste some links that Timothy and comapany must visit:

    1.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/7719739/Coalition-Government-David-Cameron-announces-pay-cut-for-ministers.html
    2.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110325/ap_on_re_af/af_swaziland
    3.http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90777/90851/7215460.html
    4.http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=106306
    5.http://www.nation.co.ke/News/world/-/1068/626944/-/syaphf/-/index.html
    6.

  9. This thing of implementing salary cuts for government ministers is not as a taboo as Thahane suggests. Many governments that I know of have actually done it. Bulgaria, UK, NZ, Israel, Swaziland etc have done it. So Timothy should stop discouraging those who advocate salary cuts as though that thing is useless. Below I paste some links that Timothy and company must visit:

    1.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/7719739/Coalition-Government-David-Cameron-announces-pay-cut-for-ministers.html
    2.http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110325/ap_on_re_af/af_swaziland
    3.http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90001/90777/90851/7215460.html
    4.http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=106306
    5.http://www.nation.co.ke/News/world/-/1068/626944/-/syaphf/-/index.html
    6.

  10. There is difference between ordinary MPs and cabinet Ministers! How can their salaries be the same then? Why did’nt this suggestion come during your time as a Minister? too many questions eh!!!!!!

  11. Kannete benghali ba lla se mothamo ha malapa a mang a robala a itsosa, bona ba tsekisana meputso(khafa tsa rona. Ooee! ba malimabe batho.

  12. The LPC also wants that the number of ministers and other government top officials reduced. We have too many ministers. LPC wants a cabinet of 8 ministers unlike this duplication that LCD has done. In some cases we have 4 ministers doing exacly the same thing. Take the case of Ministry of agriculture and ministry of forestry together with two assistant ministers. Ke bosaoana le ho bapala ka lichelete tsa sechaba.

  13. @Gentle Giant, it seems you never read the whole article. If you have a problem with reading I normally give Reading101 leswsons for free. You can’t accuse Maope of not proposing the same measures when he was in government yet Maope said the Basotho Congress Party (BCP), which ruled between 1993 and late 1997, had made a decision to ensure salaries for MPs and ministers were the same. He said under the LCD-led government public money is being wasted.

    “Perhaps we congress members of today should revisit that decision (of BCP to equal MPs and ministers’ wages),” Maope said.

    So, U se no khoroha joalo ka ntja a fasitsoeng. U bale ntate, u bale.

  14. @THATO, In essence what Advocate Mapope KC is saying ministers should take salary cuts. I want your opinion on this. Forget that rubish equation you have put, Maope is not taljking equality rather he is talking equivalent. Nxa, Le LCD ke uena!!! Further Maope said that the number of ministers should be cut. Why can’t you comment on this one also?

  15. Has Maope become BESERK! Do MPs shoulder the same responsibilities as Ministers? Maope has been a minister before but he was mum on this issue all along. Sour grapes. Hypocrite!!

  16. @sebatalali, tlohela bitterness le Lcd ke uena ua tseba evry time le tlamehang ho rarolla bothata bo teng le tla ka useless references ako bueng ‘nete hleng Ma-nonyana let us talk about facts tse ka isang naha pele eseng d so called Mps n Ministers. to be fair n honest Lcd follows only one method of democracy of which the two goes 2gether they MUST focus on developmental isseus of this country not on procedural democracy only.

  17. dr is much to be done in this country leha ka mehla Ma-lcd a iphapanyetsa ‘nete 1. the ministers MUST be reduced ntate Thahane dts a huge diffrnce ke sa kene le ho eno ea hoo joetsa na the ministers li kae o tla mane moo ke reng le sitoa ho bua ‘nete le ha lesa batle oka re thetsa ka nthoe ree tsebang vink twice afore u say anything publcly, ho fixitsoe lipost hona joale eseng khale chelete eo oreng e kase etse phetoho nahana na eka be e entseng ho kabo hiruoe batho ba ba kae? hey ntate se ka nhlants’a!!!!!!!!!!

  18. It is indeed suprising that Mr Thahane can’t notice the significance of a M100 000 particularly for this country which he claimed was so bankrupt. But even if he does not we do because we suffer the pinch of mismanagement of funds most! Rethink over that Mr Minister, you may as well add to the difference by minimizing the benefits.

  19. ntate Maope oa makatsa, o sa tsoa bona neng hore ho tlameha hore ho etsoa reduce minister’s salaries. because hao sa le minister e bile hao sana monyetla o joalo o batla babang ba fuoe chelete e nyane?

  20. once again greed is displayed at its best. The issue wit Maope is not to safe money but increase her salary. I wonder what will justify that, as she does nothing, as an MP or opposition in Parliament

  21. @Lefeone, I agree with you totally on some aspects, like cutting the salaries of Ministers. But again to say a minister and MP should get equal salaries is nebulous. Maope lacks basic management skills; pay is according to responsibility. As of revisisting the BNP policies, I totally disagree, remeber none of them were democratic.

  22. @FINANE, By the end of the year we should have seen the salary cuts for ministers. However, I am scared that they will use such cuts for political gain, especially given that we are heading for general elections by February next year. What Advocate Maope KC is implying is that those ministers re are as equally USELESS as the MPs hence no need for salary gap. Finally, Maope never reffred to BNP rather he reffred to BCP and this is what he said:

    “Perhaps we congress members of today should revisit that decision (of BCP to equal MPs and ministers’ wages),” Maope said.

  23. @Lefefs,
    Don’t come up with selective memory or biased amnesia.
    Before he quit LCD and formed LPC, Maope was LCD minister.
    I worked directly under his stewardship and he never uttered this day-dreaming of MPs’ salaries being equalised to those of Ministers. Maope is now feeling the stress…it is cold out there!!

  24. @Sebatalali and crew, Maope is not going to gain anything ministers salaries are reduced to equal those of MPs. I do not see what stress is affecting Maope really. He is not saying MPs salaries be increased to equal those of ministers; rather he is saying the opposite (reduce ministers salaries to equal those of MPs).

  25. Sebatalali

    Lesotho does not need shallow minded morons like you if she is to prosper. You should be ashamed of yourself. Forget about partisan politics and start talking development.

    MaLCD joalo ka uena ke Basotho, ke bana ba naha ena. Ha se patuoe hore pusong hoa nyolosetsa haholo ea naha e futsanehileng joaloka Lesotho, but all we are saying is that LCD is not trying hard enough to improve the livelihoods tsa Basotho. Worse still is the fact that only a chosen few who are cronies nad relatives of ba baholo ‘musong are benefiting from the system. Basotho ba bolaoa ke tlala. Bobolu is the order of the day. LCD government does not want to listen to sello sa Basotho. ‘Ba pana poho e bohla’.

    Ha ke lumele hore matsatsing ana ao Basotho ba tlohelletseng lipolotiki tsa Ma-Congress le Ma-National ba na le bothata ka party e feng kapa e feng ha feela e busa ka toka, ponaletso le ho hloka leeme.

    I sympathize with the BNP empa mokethoa oa LCD ea nang le boiphihlelo, ea hlomphang le hona ho mamela lentsoe la sechaba, eo e seng monyollo, lesholu, ea busang ka ho hloka leeme, ea nang le chebelo-pele in my constituency aka fumana my vote.

  26. Ke mahlabisa lihlong a ts’abehang ha maparamente ao boholo ba ona eleng LCD members ba qhelela bo bolu boo ralitletlebo a bonyalanyang le matona a ‘muso oa LCD ‘temong-moho’. We are an agrarian society. Block farming was intended to eke out our subsistence livelihoods but the very ‘custodians’ are the first to plunder the fund. Mahlabisa lihlong ruri.

    Sebatalali kopanong tsa lona tsa LCD le bua kaeng? Ka ho ja le tima mafutsana. Na u phela Lesotho moo? U kile oa bona ts’otleho eo Basotho ba leng ho eona. Le malimabe.

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