Government has withdrawn the motor vehicle replacement allowance which was introduced for senior government officials following the abolition of personal to holder motor vehicle.
The motor vehicle replacement allowance has been withdrawn effective January 1st, 2019.
Secretary to the cabinet Rolland Msiska says the move comes in the wake of austerity measures currently in place.
Dr. Msiska said in a statement that eligible officers will revert to their previous conditions of service saying the motor vehicle replacement allowance is a non-statutory condition of service.
He said there was an outcry from members of parliament who wanted the motor vehicle replacement allowance extended to those MPS who were not entitled to personal to holder vehicles.
Dr. Msiska said government is unable to extend the motor vehicle replacement allowance to MPs and continue to implement the same for ministers as it is not fiscally possible.
On June 15th, 2018 Dr. Msiska issued a cabinet office circular number 12 whose purpose was to revise the conditions of service for cabinet and provincial ministers to among other things abolish the provision of personal to holder motor vehicle and the introduction of the motor vehicle replacement allowance.
Government also scrapped off the provision of free furniture for ministers’ houses in line with the implementation of the austerity measures in view of the current fiscal challenges.