• In July the Salaries and Remuneration Commission ruled that MPs should not get plenary sitting allowances
• However the SRC increased some other allowances including basic salary to compensate
MPs are pushing for reinstatement of their plenary sitting allowances.
The 349 members of the National Assembly and 67 senators are paid Sh5,000 each for attending plenary sessions. For the National Assembly, these take place once on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and twice on Wednesday. So an MP would get around Sh85,000 per month if he or she attended every session.
This appears ridiculous. Surely the fundamental purpose of an MP is to attend sittings of Parliament. Why should an MP get paid extra for doing that?
In July, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission revised salary and allowances for MPs to be approximately the same as that of an Appeal Court judge. The plenary allowance was removed but the salary was increased to compensate. Now the MPs want to keep the salary increase and get the plenary allowance back.
Is that fair in the harsh economic climate where Kenyans are forced to tighten their belts due to fuel price increases and soaring inflation?
Government must get tough with MPs and force them to accept SRC proposals. If MPs succeed in breaking the SRC, it will unloose wage anarchy and undermine the economy.
Quote of the day: "Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time."
Sandra Day O'Connor
She became the first female US Supreme Court justice on September 21, 1981