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SRC abolishes sitting, mileage allowances for MPs and MCA’s

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has abolished sitting and mileage allowances for Members of Parliament with effect from August 9.

The commission said the cuts will save taxpayers over one billion shillings annually in plenary sitting allowances earned in committees. But SRC rained committee sitting allowances.

MPs earn about Sh5,000 for every sitting and the abolishment of the allowances for plenary sessions in the National Assembly and Senate is meant to ease the pressure on the public sector wage bill is currently at Sh930.5 billion annually.

The changes that will start with lawmakers elected in the August 9 elections are however likely to open a round of clashes given that legislators have in the past successfully challenged similar decisions by the SRC.

To soften the blow, SRC increased the basic pay for the lawmakers by Sh134,000 to Sh710,000.

“Sitting allowance for plenary sessions is abolished and ceases to be payable,” SRC Chairperson Lyn Mengich said on Thursday. Committee sitting allowances for lawmakers have been capped at Sh120,000 per month while those for chairpersons and vice-chairpersons have been capped at Sh192,000 and Sh240,000 per month.

Kenyan lawmakers are some of the highest paid in the world attracting public outcry in an economy grappling with a high rate of unemployment and near stagnant wages for civil servants.


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