Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua says he is ready to take a pay cut and have the money directed to development and growing the economy.
He at the same time called on political leaders and senior civil servants to follow suite as majority of Kenyans were wallowing in poverty amid heavy tax burdens.
“I do not support the plan to increase the salaries and packages of Members of Parliament. Our economy is not doing well. We have massive unemployment, low circulation of money and Kenyans are feeling overburdened by heavy taxation. I think we leaders take home too much money which is an affront to wananchi as majority of them are stricken in poverty”,Mutua said.
The Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader added that it was ill-timed for MPs to grant themselves a sh 250,000 monthly house allowance yet majority of Kenyans were barely surviving.
Mutua said the legislators should read the mood of the country and realise that majority of citizens were leading a Spartan’s life filled with pessimism.
He was speaking outside his office where he was made the patron of the Machakos county scouts council in a colorful ceremony also attended by county minister of tourism Ruth Mutua.
The governor said all public servants want pay increases but the poor state of the economy tinged with massive unemployment could not allow it.
” I agree that everyone deserves a pay raise; from a casual worker to the President but this has to be matched by the economy. Let’s first grow the economy because as it is, I believe, public servants are overpaid in Kenya compared to other nations & on what our economy can afford.” He said.
“Once we grow the economy and deal with the unemployment problem, we can then agitate for higher pay in tandem with our economic growth”, he added.