Mauritius: President’s pension hits headlines this week in Mauritius

Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Can a former President of the Republic of Mauritius take on a paid job after retiring from his post and continue to benefit from a pension? This is the question put by the media following a legal action initiated by a lawyer before the Supreme Court asking for the freezing of the salary and allowances of the present Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth, who is back to power since December 2014.

Sir Jugnauth was Prime Minister, writes the daily Le Defi,  from 1982 to 1995 and from 2000 to 2003, before becoming the President of the Republic from 2003 to March 2013.

According to lawyer Akil Bissessur, quoted by this daily, Sir Jugnauth gets a pension worth 237,000 Mauritian rupees (about US$ 6,775) monthly as former President of the Republic and a monthly salary of 282,000 Mauritian rupees (about US$ 8,060) and other allowances as Prime Minister since he is back in power following a landslide victory at the last general elections of December 2014.

Quoting from the President’s Emoluments and Pension Act of 1992, the lawyer said a retiring President in receipt of a pension shall not undertake any remunerative employments during the remainder of his life.

On this same subject, the daily L’express invited its readers to guess, under the form of a game, the monthly income of the Prime Minister who is paid out of public funds.

This newspaper also published an interview with Mr Bissessur who explained that through this case, he wants to give the adverse party a chance to defend and explain. “The goal is to provoke a debate on this issue. I look forward to winning this case and that the Prime Minister reimburses the money he obtained from the State since December 2014”, he told this daily.

Also in the news this week is the successful cardiac operation on a three-month-old baby at the Cardiac Centre who was born with a complex congenital malformation at the level of the heart and the respiratory tract, according to Le Défi.

Health Minister Anil Gayan told this publication that the government encourages such types of operations in Mauritius instead of sending the patients abroad.

Still in the health sector, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), as reported by several media, announced that it will take the appropriate measures before the appearance of the Zika virus in the Indian Ocean.

Finally, the rising number of cases of violence in the island was reported by the different media. The latest incident took place Friday evening and also on Saturday morning in which a 17-year-old youth cut the throat of a 54 year-old grandmother and her 16-year-old grand-daughter and wounded her 10-year-old grandson with a cutter. The grandmother and the grand-daughter died on the spot while the grandson is admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.

The attacker is under arrest.
-0- PANA NA/JSG/VAO 27Feb2016

27 february 2016 14:02:07




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