Although African leaders are said to be among the highest earning presidents, there are still others who earn close to nothing every month.
Mostly because they want to cut government spending and improve the welfare of their people.
The presidents below are some of the Lowest Paid Presidents in Africa, 2018:
1. Isaias Afwerki
Salary: $500/$400 per month
The Eritrean leader is one of the lowest paid African leaders, earning a monthly salary of US$500, as of 2017 . Two years prior, there were reports that he earned on average less than US$ 400 a month, making less than what some mining companies that had set up in his own doorstep and their workers make.
Afwerki has been president since Eritrea’s independence in 1993. He is one of the longest ruling president in Africa.
2. John Magufuli
Salary: $4000 Monthly
The Tanzanian president recently revealed that he earns a salary of 9 million Tanzanian shillings ($4,000) per month. This was after his government had slashed salaries of executives at state-owned companies at 15 million Tanzanian shillings ($6,700) a month, Reuters reported.
John took office in November 2015, and since then he has implemented cost-cutting measures across various sectors in his government, including restricting foreign travels for government officials and removing ghost workers from the government payroll in a bid to reduce government spending.
3. Abiy Ahmed
Salary: $300 Monthly
The Ethiopian prime minister is on a salary of just $300 a month , he revealed in October this year, saying that his mission is not to canvass wealth for himself but to bring changes in the country’s economy. Ahmed, after assuming office, also promised to deal with ethnic conflicts in the country, that have displaced over two million people since last year.
4. Beji Caid Essebsi
Salary: $1360 Monthly
He is Tunisia’s first democratically elected President, having won the election in December 2014. His salary is $16,400 USD per year though he is said to be living a comfortable life due to his family’s ties to the aristocracy and monarchy that was deposed 60 years ago.