SRC says MPs Ksh. 250K monthly house allowance illegal

File image of legislators in the National Assembly. PHOTO| COURTESY
File image of legislators in the National Assembly. PHOTO| COURTESY

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) now says the move by members of parliament to award themselves a monthly house allowance of Ksh.250,000 is illegal and unconstitutional.

In a press statement issued Tuesday evening, the commission’s Chairperson Lyn Mengich maintained that its SRC’s responsibility to determine salaries and benefits for MPs and all other State officers.

“Article 260 of the Constitution categorises Members of Parliament as State Officers and as such, determination of their renumeration and benefits is the exclusive responsibility of the SRC.

“Payment of any remuneration and benefits, which have not been set or advised by SRC is in violation of the Constitution,” read the statement.

The commission said it is reviewing the move by MPs to award themselves a salary increment and is set to take to appropriate action.

Each legislator in the Senate and National Assembly is reported to have pocketed Ksh.2.25 million last month as a combined amount for the house allowance backdated from August last year when the Parliamentary Service Commission approved the budget.

This consumed a whopping Ksh.936 million of taxpayers money even as the government claims to be concerned about the bloated wage bill which is undermining development in the country.

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