Taxpayers agony as MPs get back hefty mileage allowance


Taxpayers agony as MPs get back hefty mileage allowance

In Summary

  • The PSC reverts to the old mileage reimbursement packages.
  • National Assembly clerk Micheal Sialai said move follows High Court's decision to suspend SRC from reviewing MPs and state officers remuneration and benefits.
  • Latest development means that the lawmakers will be eligible for a fixed maintenance car allowance of Ksh.356,525 per month.

Members of Parliament are celebrating after the Parliamentary Service Commissions (PSC) reverted to the old mileage reimbursement packages.

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) had scraped the allowances in a bid to save the taxpayers billions.

In a memo sent to all MPs, National Assembly Clerk Micheal Sialai who doubles up as the commission’s secretary said the move follows the High Court’s decision to suspend the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) from reviewing remuneration of the legislators and other state officers on December 15, 2017.

“Reference is made to Nairobi Judicial Review No. 686 of 2017. The Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) VS the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) where the High Court suspended implementation of SRC Gazette Notice No.6517. This therefore means that PSC reverts to remuneration package for MPs as it was prior to the gazette Notice,” read the memo.

The latest development means that the lawmakers will be eligible for a fixed maintenance car allowance of Ksh.356,525 per month.

Similarly MPs who travel more than 375 kilometers from Parliament to their constituencies will also be eligible for reimbursement.

 

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