, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 – The Ward Representative Association of Kenya has threatened to sue the Salaries and Remuneration Commission and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission over unpaid dues during their constitutional terms as Members of County Assemblies.
According to the Chairman of the board, Jabus Oduor, their contract ought to expire next year March saying MCA’s are entitled to receive fully pay until their five years contract is completed.
“On behalf of over 2000 member MCA’s who form our membership we will be taking every legal step to fight for and secure our legal dues,” said Oduor.
Oduor who is the former Kongowea Member of County Assembly faulted the IEBC for not liaising with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and Ward Representative Association of Kenya (WRAK) before scheduling the ward elections on August 8 so as to ensure they serve their term fully.
“While it was within IEBC’s power to schedule the General Election on August 8, it would have been prudent for them to liaise with Salaries and Remuneration Commission, Ward Representative Association of Kenya and other constitutionally mandated bodies within on the provisions of Article 177 (4) of the constitution which puts the term in office of a Member of a County Assembly at 5years,” said Oduor.
Oduor said that they support the decision of High Court that found Members of the County Assembly entitled to receive pay in their full constitutional term.
However the decision by the High Court was quashed by Court of Appeal after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission and the Attorney General appealed.
The Members of the County Assembly both sitting and those who were ousted, are seeking the dues amounting to between Sh 1million to Sh1.8million per member.