Senators now want Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) chairperson Lyn Meng’ich out for slashing allowances to various cadres of state officers and for increasing her own salary.
On Thursday, the MPs lashed out at the salaries commission official for belittling them and for committing crimes against humanity on Members of the County Assemblies (MCAs).
The Senators accused Meng’ich of slashing the MCA’s car loans and mortgages and for failing to review salaries for Early Childhood Development Education (ECD) teachers.
“Trying to slash out the allowances for the MCA, car loans, and mortgages is a crime against humanity. I want to promise this House that this lady should be disciplined because she is not above the law, she is not above this House and she is not above anybody
“So, we must give her the right medicine when she comes before us as a committee. We have been belittled and bear the greatest burden in this country,” said Julius Gataya Mo Fire (Tharaka Nithi).
The lawmakers also want the SRC chair to be summoned to explain why they reviewed the salaries of state officers without public participation.
Okong’o Omogeni (Nyamira) said that the SRC chair had reviewed her salary upwards with KSh 156,075 while the salary of members of parliament has stagnated at KSh 710,000 per month.
“I am surprised that SRC chair is paying herself a car loan of Sh10 million compared with the chair of EACC whom she has set a car loan of KSh 8 million ,” Omogeni stated.
Omogeni held that while MPs and other state officers enjoy mortgages of up to KSh 35 million, Meng’ich has set herself a mortgage of KSh 40 million.
Kitui Senator Enock Wambua charged that the Gazette notice of 27, July 2022 would go down in history as the worst gazette notice ever signed by a state officer.
Wambua who is also the Deputy Minority leader raised concern over ECDE teachers still earning a paltry KAh 7,000.
He added that the commission has failed to review a new scheme of service for ECDE teachers and their dependents.
“The gazette notice increases the salary of the chairperson, car grant and mortgage. She does this while allowances for the staff in parliament are slashed to almost zero
“A staff on official business in New York City is paid about Sh48,000 (USD400) per day. Where are they supposed to sleep? Where are they supposed to eat?” posed Wambua.
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