Forum for Democratic Alternatives (FDA) leader Ludwig Sondashi has denied ever supporting President Michael Sata K414, 406 million salary increase contrary to media reports attributed to him that the Presidents salary was reasonable.
Dr Sondashi said President Sata’s turn around on the presidential salary increase had raised issues of credibility and consistence on the Head of State and that it had been shown that he (Sata) could not be relied upon.
And Sondashi has trashed media reports suggesting that President Michael Sata’s K414, 406 million salary increase was reasonable.
Dr Sondahi in his statement said the named media house had lied in their report attributed to him adding his emphasis was that President Sata was against salary increases of former presidents and members of Parliament.
The FDA leader said President Sata’s turn around on the presidential salary increase together with other politicians was wrong stating that the increase had raised issues of credibility and consistence by the Head of State
“I am quoted out of context. The position of my answer to this question was not that the increment of 10% being awarded was reasonable. My emphasis was that because of Mr. Sata’s stand against salary increments for former Presidents and Member of Parliaments in both Mwanawasa and Rupiah Banda’s government and because of his election promises against increase of salaries of politicians, he should have stood for that promise. His turn around to receive salary increments together with other politicians is totally wrong,” Dr Sondashi said.
Dr Sondashi explained that what was the issue was not whether or not President Sata’s salary was the lowest in the region but that he should have shown to be a person that honors what he promised and therefore should have declined to receive salary increment during his first term of office.
Dr Sondashi further stated that the condition of service of President Sata was that he was entitled to free food and free everything including medical attention which meant that he could not be in a hurry to demand salary increment.