National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula has attacked the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) on their plans to scrap Members of Parliament’s allowances, mileage reimbursements, mortgages, and other benefits.
While speaking on Monday, September 19, at Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, Speaker Wetang’ula said he had already started lodging a series of discussions with the SRC regarding that.
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Wetang’ula informed the MPs that he had engaged in a lengthy discussion with the SRC chairperson Lyn Mengich with a view to rescinding the commission’s earlier decision to scrap sitting and mileage allowances for MPs with effect from August 9.
“I had a meeting with SRC and we have called them to order about a few things. At the close of this convention, I will be able to make a few pronouncements on your privileges and your other desired facilitation for you to do your work.
“Nobody, in their right frame of mind will interfere with MPs’ car allowances, mileage reimbursement, mortgage, and everything else you have been having because that is your entitlement,” Wetang’ula said.
Wetang’ula stated that the allowances are more vital to the MPs, especially in the execution of their duties.
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“As your speaker, I will ensure that we engage positively and we have advised SRC that they are not frustrating but facilitators of Members of Parliament to do their work. We can assure you that nothing will change and if it changes it will not be substantial,” Weta said.
“Obviously we live incrementally we don’t live in reduction, so our engagement with SRC is to remind them that as they go about their constitutional mandate they should be alive to the fact that issues that perks that members have been enjoying in the last several Parliament should not be unnecessarily interfered with,” he added.
Further, speaker Wetang’ula encouraged the MPs to make good use of the privileges they received from the government. Among the privileges include mortgages.