County speakers highest paid with Sh20m mortgage, Sh4m car loan - report

Vihiga county assembly in session. /FILE
Vihiga county assembly in session. /FILE

Speakers remain the highest paid county assembly officials following the new policies and guidelines on perks released by the SRC.

The new guidelines gives speakers Sh259,875 monthly salary, a Sh20 million mortgage, a Sh4 million car loan paid at 3 per cent interest.

Leboo Saisa, Kajiado county assembly legal advisor, on Thursday said a speaker is also housed by the assembly and provided with utilities like furnishing and house attendants.

He said this will be a departure from the situation where MCAs created more sittings to make more pay.

This was before the Salaries and Remuneration Commission set new conditions on how the assemblies should conduct their businesses in a bid to cut perks.

At the Kajiado county assembly, the least committees an MCA can sit in are two, while the most is five. They are paid between Sh3,000 and Sh5,000 per sitting.

Records show that an MCA is allowed a maximum of 16 sittings in house committees per month.

Chairmen of such committees (17) committees earn a flat rate of Sh80,000 per month, while ordinary members get Sh48, 000 for the same before tax.

MCAs, according to guidelines provided by the SRC, do not get sitting allowances for normal House plenary sittings but get a flat salary of Sh144, 375 per month.

A deputy speaker earns Sh216, 563 whereas other perks for MCAs include a Sh3 million mortgage serviced at 3 per cent interest

for a period of years served.

They also receive Sh2 million car loan each.

MCAs, according to records at the assembly, are entitled to Sh200,000 for Outpatient treatment and Sh3 million for In-patient services.

Female MCA get Sh100,000 for maternity when they give birth while serving. All MCAs qualify for Sh50, 000 dental treatment and Sh50,000 for optical services.

Gratuity for all the elected and nominated MCAs and speaker is calculated at 31 per cent of their basic salary.

The salaries commission has since abolished reimbursable mileage allowance, sitting allowance for plenary session, and special responsibility allowance.

All MCAs, however get airtime allowance of Sh5,000, while the speaker gets Sh10,000 per month.

"Mileage is now paid as monthly transport allowance through the payroll categorised as follows – Zone A – 45km to 90km at Sh22.133, Zone B – 100km to 200km at Sh49.183, Zone C – 200km to 400km at Sh98.367, Zone D – return journey of 201km and above at Sh147.550," a document specifying the terms of service reads.