Government intends to improve the remuneration of local councillors from a monthly allowance of K700 to a monthly salary of K3,000. Minister of Local Government Vincent Mwale explained that the change would be effected through a statutory instrument that has been submitted to the Ministry of Finance for clearance. Councillors have protested over their allowance since last year’s elections, arguing that they should receive a monthly salary just like the similarly elected mayors and council chairpersons. Mayors are being paid between K19,000 and K25,000 a month, depending on reports, but they are also holding a full-time position in contrast to councillors. Mwale further explained that the new Constitution implies that elected councillors, like public officers such as judges, should be paid a salary rather than an allowance. There are 1,624 councillors in Zambia.