, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 8 – The Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) has declared its support for the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) in its stand-off with Members of the County Assemblies (MCA).
CIC Chairman Charles Nyachae, in a statement published in local dailies on Friday, told the MCAs that it was the SRC’s prerogative to carry out job re-evaluations before reviewing their salaries if it so wished.
“The right to request for a review must however respect the right of the SRC as a Constitutional Commission to determine the manner, process and the basis on which they will review the terms,” he stated.
He went on to describe the MCAs go-slow as unconstitutional saying that it could lead to their removal from office should they fail to honour their oath of office.
“It would be untenable if for example the President, Deputy President, Speakers of Parliament, Heads of National Security organs, Cabinet, Governors, Judges and similar officers went on strike and absconded from their constitutional responsibilities,” he wrote.
He therefore called on the MCAs to resume their duties in full and pursue their salary grievances through constitutional means.
“The irony is that the impact of the alleged suspension shall be felt by the electorate in each county and not the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, the intended victims of the action,” he stated.
The MCAs and the SRC have been embroiled in a pay dispute for the last six months with the sticking point now being the MCA job review process the SRC is determined to undertake before even considering a salary review.
The MCAs have however declined to take part in the process arguing that they are yet to receive the full evaluation on which their current salaries are based.
“We have decided as County Assemblies that there shall be no job re-evaluation and resumption of the assemblies until those matters are resolved,” the Chairman of the County Assembly’s Forum Abdi Nuh stated on Tuesday.
SRC Chairperson Sarah Serem on the other hand maintains that the MCAs’ refusal to take part in a job re-evaluation exercise is a sign they’re not really interested in a pay hike.
“You see when you cook food and it’s ready and people don’t turn up what does that tell you? They’re not hungry isn’t it? So maybe they don’t need it and which still solves our problem,”