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National Assembly Speaker Assures MPs Of Restoring Their Benefits

On Monday, Moses Wetangula the National Assembly speaker pledged to reinstate MPs entitled perks which were abolished by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) in July.

Wetangula said he held talks with the commission on Monday to get the allowances back so that parliamentarians could operate smoothly. This is as he was speaking during the MPs induction retreat to the 13th Parliament which was held in Safari Park Hotel.

“Nobody in their right frame of mind will interfere with your car allowances, mileage reimbursements and mortgage because that is your entitlement,” Wetangula told the MPs.

“And as your speaker I will ensure that we engage positively and we have advised SRC that they are not frustraters but facilitators of Members of Parliament to do their work. We can assure you that nothing will change and if it changes it will not be substantial,” he added.

The SRC eliminated sitting and mileage payments for legislators late July, with effect on August 9. In addition, all state officers’ car grants were eliminated as part of the change.

“SRC will be engaged fully, I have invited the chair, she will be here, but she will come after I have made the communications I have told you,” he said.

The chairperson of the SRC Lyn Mengich noted that the decision to eliminate the privileges was made after conducting pay market research and international comparisons.

“I want to encourage new members, please take the earliest opportunity to learn. Please acquaint yourself with the Constitution of the Republic of Kenya that you have taken an oath to protect reserve and defend it, so that anything we do in the floor of the house is guided by the law,” urged Wetangula.

MPs earn roughly KSh 5,000 every sitting, and the elimination of allowances for plenary sessions in the National Assembly and Senate is intended to relieve pressure on the public sector wage bill, which is currently KSh 930.5 billion per year.

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