By JAMES APA GUMUNO
A COUNCILLOR from the
Former council president for
Pakale, who claimed to speak on behalf of 16 other councillors back in the remote
He said councillors in this remote district spent K60 on PMV fares one way into Mendi to collect their monthly allowances.
Pakale said they would spent K120 to travel long distances just to collect K50 every month, which is a joke and an insult to the councillors.
He said councillors were grouped in the third tier of government and lived and dealt directly with the people and, therefore, faced more challenges and headaches than national parliamentarians.
But their allowance did not commensurate with their responsibilities.
Pakale said it was not fair to the councillors when parliamentarians, provincial administrators, chief judge, deputy chief judge, chief magistrate and others classified as appointed officers, who were on good pay and privileges, had a pay increase by 52.08%.
He said for fairness, all councillors must paid K150 or K200 a fortnight.
He said they too have families to look after and children to send to school.