National Assembly to introduce special entrepreneurship for Members of the House

Anne Makinda, Speaker of the National Assembly

The National Assembly plans to introduce special entrepreneurship trainings to its Members of Parliament in an effort to secure the future financial wellbeing especially in retirement.

Speaker of the National Assembly Anne Makinda (pictured) made the remarks in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday when talking to the President of Switzerland Parliament Maya Graf who is in the country for an official tour to inspect development programmes funded by her government through the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

Makinda said according to her experience in Parliament, many MPs have been facing life difficulties after retiring from the post due to poor preparations on how to manage their lives when they cease being MPs.

Countering allegations that MPs are some the most well paid public servants, she said that salary paid to Tanzanian MPs is not ‘so huge compared to some other countries’ and warned that ‘the salary given to MPs is not sufficient if he/she will not prepare well for retirement.’

Speaker of the Swedish Parliament Maya Graf said underlined the importance of good preparations for retirement.

“The problem is that there are no professional politicians, it is only a part time palcement thus MPs are supposed to have plans on how to survive after the end of their terms of leadership,” she noted.