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Mauritians..want to know how much the President earns?

Mauritians..want to know how much the President earns?

A study by global consulting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) found that the President of Mauritius, Kailash Purryag, gets paid a lot more than premiers in other countries with similar economic size, including Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique and Seychelles.  (Image: Azuri)

A study by global consulting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) found that the President of Mauritius, Kailash Purryag, gets paid approximately Rs 3.3 million (E 1.1 million) annually which translates to a monthly remuneration of around Rs 275,230.

So, how much is that compared to that of other premiers around the world? Quite a lot actually. It was found to be so high in fact that PricewaterhouseCoopers elected to ignore the Mauritius president’s remuneration because ‘it represents an outlier, as it is skewed.’ Ignoring the jargon, it means that the Mauritian president gets paid a lot more than premiers in other countries with similar Gross Domestic Product (GDP), including Swaziland, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique and Seychelles, in order to run the economy.

Incidentally, the study originated in Swaziland where PricewaterhouseCoopers Tax Services Ltd was engaged by the ministry of finance to compare the premier’s salary with those of five other countries including Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Seychelles and Mauritius. Essentially, the exercise is done to compare the PM’s salary to those of other SADC countries who are similar sized to Swaziland in terms of the growth domestic product (GDP).

For Swaziland, Prime Minister Sibusiso Barnabas Dlamini’s annual salary was pegged at Swaziland Emalangeni (E) 635, 292 (Rs 1.91 million) which translates to E52, 941 (Rs 159,352) per month.

Coming to Botswana, its head of government, President Khama Ian Khama, is said to be paid an annual salary of E578, 070 (Rs 1.74 million), resulting in a monthly pay of E48, 172.50 (Rs 144,999). In Lesotho, it has been found that Prime Minister Tom Thabane gets an annual salary of E480, 000 (Rs 1.45 million), or E40, 000 (around Rs 120,400) a month.

In Mozambique, President Armando Guebuza is paid a yearly salary of E546, 551 (Rs 1.64 million), which converts to a monthly pay of E45, 545.92 (around Rs 137,090).

Finally, Seychelles sees its head of government earning E312, 000 (Rs 939,120) annually, which comes to a monthly salary of E26, 000 (Rs 78,260).

However, PwC made it clear that linking the pay of Parliamentarians to civil servants is not a preferred solution, recommending instead that the PM’s salary should be de-linked from the highest civil servant (who is the secretary to cabinet in Swaziland’s case). Instead, the consultants said that, in order to determine the prime minister’s salary, there needs to be a consistent and defensive manner on which to base salaries.

As a result of the study, the prime minister of Swaziland saw his salary being slashed by around 3% to E617, 646 annually which adds up to E51, 470 monthly.

So, is it time for Mauritius to review its premier’s pay and benchmark it to peers in SADC?

Source: Government of Swaziland (Finance Circular No 1 of 2010 and Circular No 2 of 2013)

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