National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has rejected a proposal that would see deputy speakers benefit from monthly pensions, health cover and flashy covers after service.
Deputy Speakers of Parliament lost bid after Muruti argued that the Parliament can not take over the role of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) that sets pay and perks for state officers.
The Committee on Finance and National Planning had approved the petition by former deputy speakers that would set the stage for amendment of the law to provide retirement perks to the Chief Justice, Auditor General and deputy speakers.
Former deputy speakers David Musila, Farah Maalim and Kembi Gitura who benefited from Kemsa loot wanted to join the exclusive list of former state officials whose pay and perks cost taxpayers over a Sh1 million every month.
The speakers needed two saloon cars to be replaced every four years, a fuel allowance, a driver, a secretary, a personal assistant and fully furnished offices.
“It is my view that the amendment may also encroach on the powers of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission under Article 230 (4) (a) of the Constitution, which provides that the powers and functions of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission shall be to set and regularly review the remuneration and benefits of all State Officers,” Speaker Muturi said.
Former deputy speakers had petitioned the members of parliament in a move that would have seen them have access to hefty perks like the DP and other state agents.
“I have the option of allowing the provisions to proceed for debate. However, for the good of future holders of this office, I instead choose to order that the entire provision relating to the Retirement Benefits (Deputy President and Designated State Officers) Act, 2015 be withdrawn.” Muturi added.