Mozambique president backs down

2014-06-16 23:17
Mozambican President Armando Guebuza (Picture: AFP)

Mozambican President Armando Guebuza (Picture: AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Maputo - Mozambique's President Armando Guebuza has vetoed a bill that would have granted him and fellow lawmakers generous retirement perks following a public outcry, his spokesperson said on Monday.

"The Head of State decided... that these laws should be sent back to parliament for reconsideration," presidential spokesperson Edson Macuacua told AFP.

Guebuza, 71, had "taken into account the opinions that arose around these laws," Macuacua added.

Some of the proposed perks included first class air tickets for the president and his family when they go on holidays.

Other perks included life-long retirement benefits for lawmakers - even those who have served only a single five-year term.

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the capital, Maputo, in May to express outrage over the measures, accusing the ruling elite of enriching themselves at the expense of the poor.

Despite rapid economic growth on the back of huge natural resource finds, Mozambique remains one of the poorest countries in the world with the majority of people in the country living on less than a dollar a day.

While Guebuza's salary is not made public, civil society groups claim that the president takes home close to fifty times the minimum wage, fixed last month at around $100 a month.

Following public protests at the proposals, the country's third largest party, the Mozambican Democratic Movement (MDM) apologised for having backed the measures calling it a "grave error".

The opposition party Renamo welcomed the decision to review the bill but said it was a ploy to win votes for the ruling Frelimo party in the run up to October polls.

"This was clearly an electioneering move by the president of Frelimo, which is certainly regrettable," Renamo lawmaker Arnaldo Chalaua told O Pais newspaper.

This is not the first time that a Mozambican president has vetoed a law granting officials fat benefits. In 1998, Guebuza's predecessor Joaquim Chissano overturned a raft of retirement benefits for lawmakers.

Read more on:    armando guebuza  |  mozambique  |  southern africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic & Train Alerts
Traffic
Joostenberg Vlakte 11:10 AM
Road name: N1 Outbound

OVERTURNED VEHICLE in the right lane near the Engen One Stop - DELAYS from Maroela Road

Paarden Eiland 10:34 AM
Road name: Marine Drive

TRAFFIC LIGHTS not working at Neptune Street - expect delays

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 30% off top fragrances

Get mind blowing savings on selected fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Today you may want to bond with your children and need to connect to your imaginative and playful side. It may be that you are...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.