SRC’s stand on increasing MPs salaries.
The salaries renumerations commission, SRC’s stand on increasing MPs salaries is that the scrapped allowances will not be returned.
The chairperson, Lyn Mengich stated that the monthly salary of ksh.710, 000 caters for every function that is in line with the constitution.
She said,”Your basic pay of Ksh710,000 takes into account all the functions that are discharged in line with the constitutional provisions of oversight, representation and lawmaking.”
She added that the amount includes the visitations they make to their constituencies and any work that is required of them.
Mengich said,”It includes what you do in plenary sessions, committee meetings and even visiting your constituency. It’s all an inclusive pay that speaks to the entire role.”
This comes after the commission had a sit down with the members of parliament.
The Members of parliament had argued that the amount they are receiving is inadequate and demanded that SRC has to do a review on their pay.
Among the demands the Members of parliament made was being given car grants and owning cars that exceed 3000cc.
However, the commission stated that having cars that exceed 3000cc would be a dent on taxpayers and the fuel trends are not manageable.
The commission although promised that it would hold talks with the parliamentary leadership over the car grants.
The issue has brought up alot of controversies with members of parliament threatening to cut the commission’s budget if they do not meet their demands.
In her defence Mengich maintained that the amount given to the members of parliament is inclusive of allowances.
Mengich said,”For MPs it’s actually above that. From the Gazette Notice, the pay was Ksh710,000 before we add the allowances for committee sittings which adds up to a maximum of Ksh120,000, translating to Ksh830,000.”