ODM disowns vocal member’s sentiments on MPs pay rise

Homa Bay Woman Representative Gladys Wanga in a past address. PHOTO/COURTESY

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has distanced themselves from Homa Bay Woman Representative-elect Gladys Wanga’s bid to block MPs pay cut as recommended by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) in early July.

Through a statement to the media, ODM and NASA now say that the sentiment shared by Wanga on Wednesday, August 23 do not represent that of the party or NASA coalition.

“NASA wishes to debunk the notion that the MPs-elect are speaking as collective representatives of political parties or as members of the NASA Coalition.  They are speaking as affected individuals, and have every right to do so,” read the statement from NASA.

Wanga, who is a member of the 11th Parliamentary Service Commission, said that MPs will fight the new SRC salary structure that has also cut mileage allowances and scrapped their car grant.

“The new pay structure will reduce MPs to beggars and it is humiliating. Taking us back where you depend on incentives to travel to your constituency is bad. Do you expect MP from Lagdera to walk all the way to his constituency? As PSC we will not allow SRC to humiliate MPs,” Wanga had reasoned.

Further, ODM has expressed its support for the Sarah Serem-led commission, saying that “they do not promote wastage, avarice of public resources by politicians and inequalities in the Kenyan society.”

However, NASA has faulted SRC over what they term as ‘executing constitutional mandate in a decoy and ambush manner that deprives MPs.

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