In Summary
  • National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale made the revelations in Parliament last Thursday, shortly before Treasury CS Henry Rotich presented the budget.
  • The House Committee on Budget and Appropriations slashed the SRC’s budget which said the expenditure was not an emergency.
  • The SRC is currently embroiled in a legal battle with the 416 MPs and senators over over Sh250,000 monthly house allowance.

It has emerged that the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) tried to sweet-talk MPs in a last-ditch effort to convince them not to slash its current budget by Sh125.6 million.

The commission chaired by Ms Lyn Mengich had spent Sh99.19 million on vehicles and transport, Sh20 million refurbishing its offices and Sh2.85 million on domestic, subsistence and other costs without a budget or the approval of the National Treasury as required by law.

AMENDMENTS

It was seeking to have the MPs rationalise the expenditure in the supplementary budget passed last week.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale made the revelations in Parliament last Thursday, shortly before Treasury CS Henry Rotich presented the budget highlights for the 2019/20 financial year.

“For the first time, SRC sent me amendments that I carry for them but I told them to come to the House and carry the amendments themselves (sic),” Mr Duale said. His remarks came after it emerged that SRC had written to Mr Rotich, asking him to plead with the MPs to have the money reinstated.

“The Treasury CS sent me a note with an amendment on behalf of SRC, and I said their business is about their commission and my business is that of lawmaking, and that I will not be used as a rubber stamp,” Mr Duale said.

The House Committee on Budget and Appropriations, chaired by Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah, slashed the SRC’s budget on the recommendations of the Finance and National Planning Committee chaired by Kipkelion East MP Joseph Limo, which said the expenditure was not an emergency.

The SRC is currently embroiled in a legal battle with the 416 MPs and senators over the decision by the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) to approve a Sh250,000 monthly house allowance for them. The money was paid in April this year and backdated to October 5, 2018, the day High Court Judge Chacha Mwita ruled that all State officers are entitled to a house or a housing allowance from the government.

EXPENDITURE

A breakdown of the slashed amount include Sh99.17 million spent for the purchase of the vehicles and other transport equipment, Sh20.4 million for the refurbishment of its offices, Sh2.85 million incurred for domestic and subsistence and other transportation costs.

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