County executive committee members want their perks reviewed

Written By: Sylvia Ombuya/ Silas Mwiti

BBI proponents now need 16 counties for the Bill to make its way to Parliament and then a referendum.

County Executive Committee members (CECs) are now pushing to have their salaries and remuneration reviewed as it happened to county speakers.

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The officers, under the CEC national caucus, have now petitioned the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to urgently address the mater arguing that the cadre had been forgotten in salary review since 2013.

Already, SRC has given the nod to have MCAs benefit from car grants despite opposition from various quarters. The decision appear to have opened a can of worms with the executive officers noting that they deserved better perks just like the elected leaders.

This emerged during a meeting in Lake Naivasha Country club where new interim officers were elected into office and mandated to engage the SRC.

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Addressing the press, caucus interim chair Hesmond Onsarigo noted that at the inception of devolution in 2013, they were on the same level as county speakers.

He added that with time, the Speaker’s perks had been raised while that of the CECs had remained stagnant despite both being in the same job group.

We have engaged our governors who fully back us and we shall petition the Salaries and Remuneration Commission to also address our case,” he said.

The Kisii agriculture CEC noted that the situation had been worsened by some counties reviewing the salaries of their staff while others had been left behind.

We want our salaries and allowances harmonized as some CECs are paid than others despite performing the same work,” he said.

A member of the caucus Juma Aguko from Homa Bay county noted that plans to engage SRC last year were thwarted by Covid-19 pandemic which saw meetings banned and several government officers closed down.

We have faith in this new team and we are confident that the salaries commission will listen to our concerns and address them,” he said.

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