Lawmakers in Zambia on Friday denied reports that they unanimously adopted a motion to increase their salaries.

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Some local media have reported that lawmakers unanimously adopted a motion to increase their salaries early this month, a move that has received wide condemnation from a cross section of society.

But Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini said during a parliamentary session that it was not true that lawmakers unanimously adopted a motion to increase their salaries.

The National Assembly Speaker said what was adopted by lawmakers was a report on parliamentary reforms which does not specifically deal with increasing salaries.

According to him, lawmakers have no powers to increase their salaries, adding that it was the Minister of Finance who has the powers to issue a statutory instrument for the increase of salaries as provided for under the Ministerial Emolument Act, adding that the mere adoption of a motion of parliamentary reforms does not mean that salaries for lawmakers have been increased.

“For any change of emoluments to be effected, the minister has to issue a statutory instrument and so far the minister has not issued any statutory instrument to increase salaries,” he said.

He has since directed journalists in the country to acquaint themselves with parliamentary procedures in order to report accurately on proceedings in the House instead of peddling lies. Enditem

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