Chad’s new prime minister donates salary to scholarship fund

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Barely two weeks after he was declared the first Prime Minister under Chad’s newly adopted 5th Republic Constitution, Succès Masra has renounced his salary.

The former opposition leader who returned to Chad on November 3 was nominated after the resignation of former Prime Minister Saleh Kebzabo’s government on December 30, 2023.

He was announced as Prime Minister through a declaration signed on January 1 by Transitional President General Mahamat Idriss Deby Itno.

Announcing this decision in an interview with Tchad One, Masra said his decision would go a long way to advance educational policies in the country through the provision of scholarships for the brilliant but needy.

According to him, his decision is based on his belief that his position provides him an opportunity to help others.

“I am giving up my salary as Prime Minister which I will devote entirely to a social grant. All work deserves a salary, they say, but I don’t feel like I’m working. I feel I’m on a mission and privileged to serve the Republic. So, 100% of my salary will be devoted to an excellence scholarship and a social scholarship for the 23 provinces,” he was quoted on National Television.

He had left the Sahelian nation along with other opposition leaders after demonstrations held last year to protest military rule were violently repressed.

Masra’s actions have been replicated by a transitional legislator, Bedei Toullomi, who has also pledged 50% of his salary to be donated to orphanages.

Meanwhile, it is not clear how much top government officials in Chad earn.

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