eSwatini Kingdom has announced its decision to cut allowances of ministers amidst the economic crisis. The government decision to reduce the benefits is part of attempts to revive the country’s economy.
The Kingdom officials have indicated that the reduction will affect cabinet ministers housing, travel and entertainment allowances.
Recently, the king set up a Royal Commission to investigating allowances of politicians in the landlocked country.
According to the report, the Kingdom has terminated first-class travel for ministers except for Prime Minister Ambrose Mandvulo Dlamini and his deputy. The decision will see cabinet ministers flying economy class.
Housing allowances has been reduced to 12.5% of annual salaries from 25%. Cabinet ministers would get half of what they currently get per month. Entertainment allowances has been cut by 7% to 1,852 emalangeni. The development will also see the Prime Minister and his deputy to contribute 33% to their medical cover.
In February, eSwatini Finance Minister Neal Rijkenberg said the Kingdom was facing an “unprecedented economic crisis.”
According to him, there is likelihood to that the country will to continue to face hard times due to low rates of foreign investment and fast-growing wage bill.
Meanwhile, the recommendations have been tabled before cabinet and awaiting Royal approval.