Windhoek - A member of parliament from Namibia's ruling Swapo party, Rosa Karaya, has called for an increase to President Hage Geingob's salary.
According to New Era, Kavara made the call during a debate on the Presidential Remuneration and Other Benefits Bill, which sought an increase in the salary of the president and his spouse, along with that of the vice president and his partner.
Kavara said Geingob's salary was incomparable to that of other African heads of state and, as such, should be increased to reflect the complexity of his job.
"Our heads of state did a lot for us. They paved the way for us, let us honour them and let’s plan and prepare a good future for our presidents when they retire,” Karay was quoted as saying.
Many MPs from the ruling party backed the proposed pay rise, with some arguing that well-paid office bearers contributed more to the well-being of poor citizens and were less inclined to get involved in corrupt activities during their tenures.
The development came just a few months after headlines in the media indicated that Geingob was criticised for being overpaid.
Geingob, however, fired back claiming that he did not know how much he earned, but that it was less than the N$2 million quoted in some media reports.