Kenya: Unfazed by dented economy, MPs battle to preserve their salaries

By Jeff Otieno

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Posted on October 4, 2022 16:04

 © Kenyan Parliament on 29 September 2022 (photo twitter: @AnneWaiguru)
Kenyan Parliament on 29 September 2022 (photo twitter: @AnneWaiguru)

Before Kenya’s 13th parliament gets down to business, over 400 newly-elected legislators have put up a fight over their earnings, shrugging off the East African country’s sinking economy. Was their electoral promise to put service before self a load of hot air?

On 19 September, Speaker Moses Wetangula arrived half an-hour late for the opening ceremony of the week-long induction course for new MPs at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi.

“Sorry I am late. I was in a meeting with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission [SRC] officers about our salaries and allowances, which need to be resolved urgently,” said Wetangula, whose words were met with lawmakers’ applause.

The SRC, which is mandated to help manage the public wage bill, abolished some of their allowances in July, following a detailed review of the remuneration and benefits allocated to state officers.

“Things will be ok. We live incrementally and not by reduction. Nobody in their right frame of mind will interfere with your car allowances, mileage reimbursements, and mortgage because that is your entitlement,” said Wetangula, who promised the lawmakers a session with SRC chairperson Lyn

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