, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 5 – Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki has distanced himself from a leaked report proposing Senators be allocated over Sh2.4 million each to purchase furniture at the commencement of each term of Parliament, staffing in the county offices and allowances to operate in their counties every months.
Kindiki told a news conference held at Parliament Buildings that it would be hypocritical for him to spearhead a push for higher perks yet he agreed to take a 20 percent cut on his basic salary.
“I am not aware of such a task-force or such a report, if such a report or task-force exists, I am not a member and I have not participated and I would not agree to any proposals to spend more public money to pay salaries and allowances to elected leaders let alone myself,” he said.
Kindiki added; “agitating for a pay rise when I have voluntarily taken a pay cut is not only absurd but also negates from the ideals for which I stand.”
The Senate Majority Leader was reacting to a leaked Task Force Report on Senators’ Welfare chaired by Senate Deputy Speaker Kembi Gitura which proposes Senators get over Sh2.4 million each monthly for offices, staffing and allowances to operate in their counties.
He has also denied being a member of the task-force and instead blamed persons in the National Assembly and a group against devolution and accountability at the county for inserting his name in the report.
Kindiki dismissed the report saying “it is based on an old draft document which has since been rejected by Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and abandoned by its promoters.”
“This group believes that resources devolved to counties are for personal plunder at a whim, and whenever questions of corruption, nepotism and theft of public funds are raised, they scream ‘devolution is being killed’ or rush to court to sue accountability,” he said.
Leader of Majority Party in the National Assembly Aden Duale has been quoted in one of the dailies as having threatened to bring forward a vote of no confidence against the members of the Parliamentary Service Commission if they approved the Senator’s demands.