By Azania Post Reporter
VUNJO legislator James Mbatia (NCCR Mageuzi) has asked the Tanzanian government to fast track tabling of the political leaders pension bill in the Parliament.
Speaking during a question and answer session today in Dodoma, he said the bill want every political leader including MPs to get monthly pension after completing their terms in office.
The MP said time has ripe now for the government to come up with such an act that would enable them to get monthly pension.
Reacting, the Deputy Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office, Labour, Youth and Employment, Anthony Mavunde, asked the Parliamentary service commission to work on the issue.
“This issue must come from the Parliament side then forwarded to the government for further action , “ said Mavunde.
However, the leaders who for a long time enjoyed exemption on their send off packages will now have to pay tax.
Presenting budget estimates for year 2016/17, the Minister for Finance and Planning, Dr Philipo Mpango, said all public leaders including MPs will be subjected to five per cent income tax on their gratuity at the end of their tenure in office.
The minister said then that the removal of the exemption was meant to promote equity and fairness in taxation much as majority of MPs opposed the decision. The opposition camp, on the other hand, supported the decision, stressing that it should be scrapped for all leaders.
Dr Mpango said the waiver on exemptions has been extended to all political leaders as it had been suggested by the lawmakers.
"In fact when I proposed the removal of the exemptions on gratuity to President Magufuli, he supported the decision, telling me he will lead by example by having his pension taxed," Dr Mpango told the House.
He emphasised that leaders ought to live by example, adding that they have to make sacrifices to move the country forward.