NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 18 – Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi has filed a petition in Parliament to eject members of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission from office, for reducing lawmakers’ pay.
Linturi told a news conference at Parliament Buildings that he is taking the action because he believes that the commission did not follow due process in setting MPs’ salaries and argues the action was meant to punish them.
The MP asserts that SRC chairperson Sarah Serem and members of the commission violated, breached, infringed and threatened the values of the Constitution including the preamble and Article 1 (1)(2).
The legislator accused the commission of failing to harmonise salaries across the board.
He says the commission disregarded the principle of transparency and fairness and discriminated against members of the National Assembly, County Representatives Women Representatives and Governors.
The commission which is constitutionally mandated to set the pay of all public officers reduced the pay of an MP from Sh851,000 to Sh532,500 in a review to contain a runaway public wage bill.
If Parliament agrees with Linturi’s petition, the president shall be required to suspend Serem’s team and constitute a tribunal to look into the allegation.
The tribunal shall investigate the matter expeditiously, report on the facts and make a binding recommendation to the president, who shall act in accordance with the recommendation within 30 days.
The move comes a day after Deputy Minority Leader Jakoyo Midiwo told the House that he will move a Bill seeking to trim the number of commissioners to sit on all constitutional commissions.
Linturi’s move comes barely days after President Uhuru Kenyatta called for the reduction of the public wage bill.
President Uhuru directed all arms of government to work towards reducing the ballooning public sector wage bill.
He called for prudent management of public finances by officers serving in the Executive, Parliament and the Judiciary saying the current wage bill is unsustainable.