In Summary
  • At the end of every month, an MP takes home about Sh1.2 million, including the allowances computed and paid together with the basic salary.
  • Committee chairpersons are paid Sh15,000, vice-chairpersons Sh12,000 and ordinary members Sh7,000 whenever they attend committee sittings.
  • MPs also get a Sh7 million car grant, business class travel, car maintenance, a Sh20 million mortgage, untaxed pension, a gratuity at almost a third of annual pay for every year served

The job of an MP would soon be one of the most attractive in the country, if they get their way in their agitation for bigger salaries and allowances, among other benefits.

This comes even as it emerges that MPs like Oscar Sudi (Kapseret) are yet to make their maiden speeches on the floor of the debating chambers. So is the push for enhanced perks a good value for taxpayers’ money? The jury is out.

But even as they push for better pay, it’s not bereft of opposition from the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), which is in charge of setting and reviewing the salaries and allowances of State and public officers. In the pursuit for opulence, the MPs have been stopped in their tracks by a determined SRC.

They have in turn hit back at the Lyn Mengich-led commission, slashing its budgetary allocation even as they plot to amend the law to have the commissioners serve part-time, essentially reducing their earnings.

BASIC PAY

On July 7, 2017, SRC, in a gazette notice, reduced the basic pay for MPs from Sh710,000 to Sh621,000 per month and removed the annual progression rate for the legislators.

The commission also reduced the basic salaries of Speakers of the National Assembly and Senate from Sh1.3 million to Sh1.2 million, and deputy Speakers from Sh1.05 million to Sh924,000.

At the end of every month, an MP takes home about Sh1.2 million, including the allowances computed and paid together with the basic salary.

Committee chairpersons are paid Sh15,000, vice-chairpersons Sh12,000 and ordinary members Sh7,000 whenever they attend committee sittings. They are also entitled to a Sh5,000 plenary sitting allowance, foreign and domestic allowance, and mileage allowance whenever they travel to their constituencies.

MPs also get a Sh7 million car grant, business class travel, car maintenance, a Sh20 million mortgage, untaxed pension, a gratuity at almost a third of annual pay for every year served, and medical cover of more than Sh10 million per year, restricted to one spouse and four children.

INSURANCE COVER

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