Lesotho’s members of parliament are demanding that their salaries be doubled so they can earn a living wage and be able to better serve their constituencies.
Currently, the lawmakers earn about $2600 per month, which puts them among the best paid in the country. An average factory worker in Lesotho earns about a hundred forty dollars a month.
President Thomas Thabane has instructed the Finance Minister to head a committee that would study a proposed revised parliamentarians’ salaries and incentives structure. Among the issues being reviewed is the lawmakers’ demand in respect of how long they would be eligible for pensions.