Kieni MP Kanini Kega has criticised the salaries commission for reducing lawmakers pay and asked the government to give them vehicles to compensate for loss of mileage allowances.
Mr Kega said the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) would have replaced the mileage with provision of government vehicles like other State officers.
“Other State officers like cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries, parastatal bosses and others have GK vehicles with personal drivers. MPs’ transport should also be catered for by giving them vehicles to ease their movement,” said Mr Kega.
The MP, who is seeking to serve a second term on Jubilee Party ticket, also decried that car grant for elected leaders have also been scrubbed.
“The move will reduce wage bill and we welcome it but they forgot to offer transport alternatives. The zoning capped by levels of kilometres will do good and save more money,” said the MP.
He noted that lawmakers from remote areas were siphoning public funds through the millage allowance demands saying some were demanding more than Sh2 million on top of the monthly salaries.
The MP stated that the directive should be respected and supported saying it is aimed at reducing the burden on taxpayers.
He cautioned incoming 12th parliament not to amend the SRC proposal on reduction of salaries saying a section of aspirants are seeking elective seats because of high income.
“Some positions have attracted 30 candidates because of the salaries, allowances and other good things that accompany the seats and not because they want to serve people. There is upsurge of political aspirants and by 2022 only few people will be vying driven by people’s interest,” he observed.
He further lashed out at the County Governments over slow absorption rate of development funds saying the incoming county bosses ought to reduce infighting with members of county assemblies.
According to the reviewed salary structure, the government will save more than Sh8 billion annually on the funds slashed from State Officers.
Currently, the wage bill stands at Sh627 billion per year and takes close to 50 percent of the government’s revenue.