Montserrado County District #17 Rep. Hanson Kiazolu says each lawmaker received US$1,000.00 at the close of a day-long legislative retreat, held Sunday, 28 August in Monrovia.
Speaking on a local radio talk show this week, Mr. Kiazolu argues that the money received was legal, and there is nothing wrong about lawmakers receiving daily sustenance allowance (DSA) for the retreat.
He says the monthly earning of Liberian lawmakers is insufficient to respond to the many challenges confronting them.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kiazolu has rubbished speculations that the monthly earning of each lawmaker here is US$15,000.
According to him, their monthly earning, inclusive of benefits and gasoline doesn’t exceed US$11,000.00.
The former ruling Unity Party (UP) lawmaker indicates that the money paid to each lawmaker is insufficient because they make interventions in their constituencies.
There has been a speculation in the media here that each member of the House received US$1,000.00 as DSA during the weekend for a one – day retreat.
By Ethel A. Tweh–Edited by Winston W. Parley