MPs to vet salaries commission nominees

November 23, 2011 5:52 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya Nov 22 – President Kibaki has nominated Sarah Serem to Chair the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.

House Speaker Kenneth Marende said the nomination had been made after consultations with the Prime Minister which is in accordance with the National Accord.

The Speaker also announced that former cabinet minister and Alego Usonga MP Peter Oloo Aringo has been nominated to represent the Parliamentary Service Commission in the panel.

The Commission will be in place if Parliament approves the 13 nominees presented in Parliament on Tuesday.

While acknowledging receipt of the names from the Head of Public Service, Marende said the name of the 14th nominee expected from the Police Service Commission will be forwarded once the Police Commission is in place.

The names of the nominees have now been forwarded to Parliament’s Finance and Trade Committee that will vet the candidates and present its report by the 29th November 2011.

Other nominees are Daniel Ogutu (Public Service), Celestine Kiuluku (Judicial Service) Sarah Kinya (TSC), Samuel Kirubi (Defence Council), Jason Namasake (Senate), Isaiah Kubai (COTU), Jacqueline Mugo (FKE), Anne Owuor (APSEA).

Finance PS Joseph Kinyua and Titus Ndambuki are the nominees from the cabinet secretaries for Finance and Public Service, while the AG’s nominee is Wanjuki Muchemi.

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission, one of the bodies created by the new Constitution is expected to regulate and harmonize salaries in the Public Service.

The country has recently witnessed rising discontent in critical sectors that has seen a wave of industrial action.

Addressing wage disparities is one of the key mandates of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.

Early in the year Head of Public Service Francis Muthaura issued circular suspending collective bargaining agreements pending the establishment of the Commission.

The Salaries and Remuneration Act provides for a 14 member commission whose membership is drawn from the above bodies.


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