Nominees to salaries commission clear first hurdle

December 14, 2011 7:28 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya Dec 14 – Parliament’s Finance Committee has approved names of 12 nominees to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.

The committee’s chairman Chris Okemo tabled the names and the report of the committee endorsing the nominees except one.

Central Organisations of Trade Union’s nominee Isaiah Kubai was the only one whose nomination was not approved by the Finance Committee.

Those whose names now await Parliament’s approval are Sarah Serem nominated as chairperson, Peter Oloo Aringo the Parliamentary Service Commission nominee, Daniel Ogutu the Public Service Commission nominee, the Judicial Service Commission’s nominee Celestine Kiuluku, Teachers Service Commission’s Sarah Kinya, the Defence Council’s nominee Samuel Kirubi; the Senate’s nominee Jason Namasake.

Other nominees are Jacqueline Mugo (Federation of Kenya Employers) and Anne Owuor (Association of Professional Societies of East Africa).

The Executive will be represented by Finance PS Joseph Kinyua as the nominee from the Cabinet Secretary, the AG’s nominee Solicitor General Wanjuki Muchemi and the Cabinet Secretary Public Service Titus Ndambuki.

The National Police Service Commission is yet to provide its nominee to the 14 member commission since it is yet to be established.

The committee’s report will be debated once the House Business Committee schedules time for it.

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) is expected to regulate and harmonise salaries in the public service.

The SRC is expected to achieve the principle of equal pay for equal work. The Commission is one of those bodies created by the Constitution seeking to ensure equity in salaries across the public service.

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

A Cabinet meeting on Tuesday ruled out any salary review for those in the public sector until the formation of the Commission to harmonise salaries.


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