Just when we thought teachers and nurses will be the happiest voters this month, it has turned out that politics not education and academic qualifications, is the biggest game in town..Members of Parliament are set to get a $4 million windfall in the next few days for their outstanding allowances.
Each MP is expected to pocket about $30 000.
Parliament has submitted bids to Treasury covering the last five months, which should clear all the outstanding allowances for the Eighth Parliament.
Those expected to make rich pickings are MPs who consistently attended sittings and those with distant constituencies but used private accommodation like residential houses in Harare if Parliament could not book them into hotels.
In an interview yesterday, Clerk of Parliament, Mr Kennedy Chokuda confirmed the development saying they had gone a long way in clearing their indebtedness to MPs.
“We have already paid MPs up to March. Right now MPs are getting their outstanding allowances. In fact we have paid the bulk of what we owe them. What now remains is payment of the last five months, that is from March to July. We expect the money to be released in the next few days because we have submitted bids,” said Mr Chokuda.