Martin Fayulu revealed on Tuesday August 30 that national deputies have been receiving a monthly salary of USD 21,000 since January 2022 “in flagrant violation of the budget law”.
“It is indeed difficult for me to understand that in a country like the DRC where 70% of the population lives on less than 2 dollars a day, a deputy is paid 15 times more than a university professor, 30 times more than a doctor and 200 times more than a civil servant”, deplores Martin Fayulu who says he is “outraged”.
The president of the ECIDE concludes that “the deputy of a country classified among the poorest in the world is remunerated more than a French or American deputy”.
“So everything goes into a spin! How can we explain that a country at war and where doctors and university professors are on strike, can increase the remuneration of its national deputies by more than 100%?” asks Martin Fayulu.
The basic salary of MPs is still not known to the public. But Martin Fayulu, himself a deputy whose seat is occupied by a substitute, speaks of the “mismanagement and shameless looting of public finances” and calls for the resignation of the office of the National Assembly.
“It’s called large-scale corruption, mismanagement and shameless looting of public finances by a usurping power desperately seeking internal legitimacy. I demand an investigation of the institutions in charge of public finance control to establish responsibility for this obscure act of corruption and financial delinquency. At this stage, the least we can demand is the resignation from the office of the National Assembly and the immediate cancellation of this unjustified increase”, he denounces.
According to many observers, politics seems like a quick and easy get-rich-quick business in the DRC. Political actors are part of the social category of richer people unlike other social classes such as university professors, doctors, magistrates etc. In one of the claims, university professors had denounced the fact that national deputies have exorbitant salaries while they have lost their purchasing power because of the modest sums collected.
This mismanagement is denounced while the country is facing several difficulties including the shortage of kerosene which has led to an increase in the price of plane tickets and the cancellation of several flight lines. The country also expects to finance the elections scheduled for December 2023.