County assembly pay row persists

October 25, 2013 10:06 am


County Assembly Speakers addressing a media conference in the past. Photo/FILE
County Assembly Speakers addressing a media conference in the past. Photo/FILE

NAIROBI Kenya, Oct 25 – Members of the 47 County Assemblies (MCAs) have asked the Salaries and Remuneration Commission to speed up the process of settling the current salary dispute.

The members have accused the Sarah Serem-led commission of exercising double standards in dealing with the issue.

The County Assembly’s Forum Chairman Nuh Nassir said their salaries should not be determined after a job evaluation, noting that all other State officers have not undergone the same exercise.

“For any re-evaluation to be done, it can only be after the report of the previous purported evaluation is shared with the county assemblies,” he said.

“It is after the analysis of that evaluation that we shall determine whether there is need for another evaluation.”

He however says engagements are still continuing.

“At least SRC has shown the goodwill in the negotiations but only on talking terms but not on giving terms,” he stated.

They vowed to remain adjourned until the matter is resolved.

The MCAs have been drawing a monthly salary of Sh79,200 but they also get generous allowances including a Sh3,000 allowances per sitting.

At the end of the day, they take home more than Sh200,000 per month.

Participating during the forum, majority of the county members accused the commission of disregarding them.

“If they think this is a bunch of illiterate peoples (sic)… they should know we are legislators of law by professional (sic),” one of the county representative said.

Besnadette Shama from Marsabit County narrating her challenges in serving said, “We are just asking for the basics that we need, to reach the people that we serve.”

“What job evaluation was done to determine what she earns or the many security persons around her (Serem)?” she posed.


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