When Kigoma North legislator Zitto Kabwe revealed the salaries of the President, Prime Minister, (and ministers) of Tanzania, everybody became surprised because they knew it was against the law to disclose the salary of a Government employee. Although this is an old law, the citizens actually needed to know how their taxes are being dispersed and therefore require that the old law to be thrust into the trash. While Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda had said that the amount revealed by Honourable Zitto was all wrong, what we do know is that the salary of Mr President might be just about what was revealed. Anyways, below is the salary scale(both the one finally made known by Mr Pinda and the one revealed by Honourable Zitto) of the President of Tanzania and other top Politicians in Tanzania.
Based on Zitto’s revealation, the salary of the President of Tanzania (Jakaya Kikwete) is more than 30 million shillings ($US 18,750) per month and equivalent of $US 237,500 per annum as at 2013.
The Prime Minister was said to be drawing 26 millions shillings ($US 16,250) per month.
Zitto’s collegueas in parliament (MPs) were also said to be drawing Shs.11.2 million shillings – $US 7,000 – every month
However, Mr Pinda gave a contrary opinion that his gross salary is 6 million shillings every month, which includes his wife, Mama Tunu Pinda’s allowance. He said the difference between his salary and that of the Vice-President, Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal, is nearly 1 million shillings but refused to make any comment concerning whether or not the salary of the lawmakers as revealed by Zitto was true. Now, considering below analysis below, you could see that Tanzania’s MPs are among the best paid in the world. While others may wish they were the ones earning the salary some others could call them greedy fellows.
Based on another report, a member of parliament in Tanzania makes the following per month (30 days to be exact)
Basic salary sh.6,000,000
Entertainment allowance sh.1,000,000
House allowance sh.1,250, 000
Car maintenance allowance sh.3,000,000
Gym membership sh.60,000
Vehicle fixed cost allowance. Sh.3,000,000
Committee meeting allowance sh.100,000
Constituency allowance sh.900,000
A grand total amount of shillings 16,000,000 million which is equivalent to $14,118.
According to another report, the Presidents takes home a salary of
TSh 84 million (US$ 52,500) annually.
While the Vice President earns TSh 7 million (US$ 4,375) monthly.
Whatever the case may be, Tanzanian Politicians are really making big money from the tax payers, so you could join the crowd of Politicians if you are looking for the best job to do in Tanzania. Whether or not they are worth the money they earn is not for us to determine, but what we do know is that they earning big money from Tanzanian tax payers. Needless to say that Tanzania as a country does not need such huge expenses as they are still working towards becoming a developed country.