Speaker downplays alleged tiff between Parliament and SRC

National Assembly Speaker, Moses Wetangula has maintained that there is no tiff between Parliament and the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) with regards to lawmakers’ perks.

Wetangula who refrained from revealing the details of a closed-door meeting held between MPs and the commission said a number of concerns were ironed out.

The Speaker has committed to ensuring that the remuneration for members in the 13th Parliament is not interfered with.

A standoff, however, remains as SRC chair, Lynn Mengich, says issues raised will be discussed through the Parliamentary Service Commission.

The legislators were angered by the reduction of salaries and scrapping of allowances such as the Ksh5,000 plenary sitting allowance.

SRC says it is keen on the sustainability of the wage bill. MPs have, however, expressed divergent opinions over the perks with many maintaining that allowances should not be scrapped.

The clergy have also added their voice to the latest development cautioning the newly elected legislators who are yet to get down to work against re-introducing the allowances that they say will further burden the already suffering Kenyans.

The clerics led by Glory Outreach Assembly Bishop David Thagana said that MPs should instead focus on addressing the myriad of challenges Kenyans are facing including hunger and the high cost of living.


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