In Summary
  • The MPs through the Parliamentary Service Commission have accused the Salaries and Remuneration Commission of unfairly targeting them in its efforts to slash the public wage bill.
  • Homa Bay Woman Rep-elect Ms Gladys Wanga accused SRC of embarking on a mission to drastically reduce MPs’ pay and allowances without carrying out a job evaluation exercise.
  • National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi said the views expressed by Ms Wanga were personal and do not represent those of the PSC.
  • Under the new structure, gazetted on July 12, MPs’ salaries have been fixed at Sh621,250 down from Sh710,000 and their plenary sitting allowances of Sh5,000 removed.

Even before they take the oath of office, MPs are plotting how to reject the new salary structure that substantially reduces their salaries and allowances and have the old figure retained.

The lawmakers through the Parliamentary Service Commission have accused the Salaries and Remuneration Commission of unfairly targeting them in its efforts to slash the public wage bill.

The move is likely to put them on a collision path with President Uhuru Kenyatta who has thrown his weight behind the salary reductions of state officers introduced by the SRC chaired by Ms Sarah Serem.

Homa Bay Woman Representative-elect Ms Gladys Wanga, who is a member of PSC, accused the salaries commission of embarking on a mission to drastically reduce MPs’ pay and allowances without having carried out a job evaluation exercise as required by the Constitution.

Addressing a news conference at Parliament buildings on Wednesday, Ms Wanga said SRC wants to demean lawmakers, a move she said they would resoundingly reject.

BEGGARS

“There is a sustained campaign by SRC to reduce MPs to beggars and people who move from one office to another asking for handouts and this will not happen under our watch,” Ms Wanga said.

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, who is also the chairman of the PSC, said the views expressed by Ms Wanga were personal and do not represent those of the PSC.

“The commission does not operate that way, the views expressed by Ms Wanga were personal,” Mr Muturi said on telephone. However, MPs who spoke to the Nation but wished to remain anonymous fearing public outrage said they would do all they can to nullify the new SRC structure.

Salaries and Remuneration Commission chairperson Sarah Serem at a press briefing on State officers’ salaries at the commission’s offices in Nairobi on July 10, 2017.

Salaries and Remuneration Commission chairperson Sarah Serem at a press briefing on State officers’ salaries at the commission’s offices in Nairobi on July 10, 2017. Ms Serem announced wide-ranging salary cuts for State officers. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Ms Serem did not respond to our calls and text messages by the time of publishing the story.

Eldas MP Adan Keynan, who is also a member of PSC, said the new salary structure does not make sense. “Whatever SRC has proposed does not make sense at all.”

RAISE SALARIES

Kiambu Woman Representative Gathoni Wa Muchomba said SRC should slash or raise salaries the right way, adding “I want to be paid well. I want to be honoured for who I am.”

MPs were hit the hardest by the salaries commission, which slashed the earnings of State officers, including that of the President, to save the country Sh8.8 billion annually.

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