Namibia: National Council Passes Presidential Remuneration Bill

The Presidential Remuneration and Other Benefits Bill of 2016 was passed in the National Council (NC) without any amendments on Tuesday.

The Bill seeks to repeal the Presidential Remuneration and Other Benefits Act, 2012 (Act No 15 of 2012), and provides for the payment of remuneration and other benefits, including medical aid, to the President and his or her spouse, and to the vice president and his or her spouse, as well as to provide for incidental matters.

According to the Bill, remuneration payable to the President is fixed at a rate of 15% above that of the vice president, while the vice president's remuneration is 15% above that of the Prime Minister in terms of the Public Office-Bearers (Remuneration and Benefits) Commission Act, 2005 (Act No. 3 of 2005).

It makes provision for the payment of allowances to the spouses of the President and vice president, with the First Lady earmarked to get a monthly allowance equal to the monthly remuneration payable to a permanent secretary (PS), while the spouse of the vice president is earmarked to get a monthly allowance equal to that of a deputy PS.

The Presidential Remuneration and Other Benefits Bill will be referred back to the National Assembly before it is forwarded to the President for his signature and gazetting.

Source: The Namibian