Lesotho senior government officials, a substantial increase in salaries and allowances


According to newspaper reports of Lesotho, Lesotho government has recently issued a communique announced that senior government officials and members of Parliament with effect from May 2009 wages increased by 8.5% to 10%. In which the Prime Minister salary from last year's 398,484 Maloti / year to 432,360 Maloti / year (1 U.S. dollars at current exchange parity 8.13 U.S. dollars terms, off 53,180 U.S. dollars / year), the Deputy Prime Minister, Maloti 332,088 salary from last year / year to 360,324 Maloti / year (44,320 U.S. dollars folding / year), the government minister Maloti 318,000 salary from last year / year to 360,000 Maloti / year (44,280 U.S. dollars folding / year). Parliament MPs salary from last year's 225,000 Maloti / year to 245,028 Maloti / year (30,138 U.S. dollars folding / year), Parliament House of Lords Maloti 212,556 salary from last year / year to 230,628 Maloti / year (off 28,367 U.S. dollars / year).
Chief Justice Maloti wage to 374,748 / year (46,094 U.S. dollars folding / year), High Court Judge wage to 288000 Maloti / year (35,424 U.S. dollars folding / year). Civil servants salaries have been increased by 10% early this year.
Lay is one of the world's least developed countries, ordinary workers (textile workers) the minimum wage 800 Maloti / month (off 98.4 U.S. dollars), with the Prime Minister pay a difference of 40 times. Lay the unemployment rate as high as 45% of the country nearly half the population lives in the United Nations under the poverty line. The senior government officials, a substantial increase in wages and subsidies, causing ordinary people are unhappy. Lesotho newspaper "Public Eye," an interview with different levels of ordinary people, generally felt that senior government officials, a substantial increase in wages and subsidies are unfair to the society's.

Economic and Commercial Office Embassy in Lesotho
2009-09-07