MP lauds President Kenyatta for pay cut proposal
Mbooni lawmaker Kisoi Munyao has lauded President Kenyatta’s move to urge Members of Parliament (MPs) to adopt the Salaries and Remuneration Commission’s (SRC) report that will initiate a cut in salaries and allowances paid to civil servants and elected officials after the August Polls.
The MP, who was speaking in Mbooni after the launch of a free medical camp organised by the Sikh Community, lamented the huge public wage bill in the country saying that it does not support the development projects that will help Kenyans.
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Currently, the public wage bill which is paid to only 2 per cent of Kenya’s total population comprises 50 per cent of the total revenue collected by the government, leaving only 50 per cent of the revenue to 80 per cent of Kenyans.
“The governance structures have to be reviewed because the wage bill right now is unsustainable, even if it means doing away with some elective seats like Senators and Women Representatives. This will help the country progress with enough money available for development projects,” said Munyao.
Gatundu North MP Kigo Njenga shared the same, saying that county governments use a lot of money to pay their workers instead of initiating development projects.
“We are using a lot of money to pay leaders, I even propose to go back to the previous constitution where we had only 210 elected and 12 nominated MPs,” said the Gatundu North lawmaker.
Mr Kigo also urged the Jubilee Party (JP) to ensure that the coming party primaries are conducted in a free and fair manner.
Reported by Enock Muswi and Wanja Mbugua. Written by Majanga Michael