Ababu wants Uhuru,Ruto and MPs to take cuts to pay teachers
21 September 2015, 14:13
Nairobi - Budalang'i MP Ababu Namwamba has filed a motion in Parliament seeking to have the President, his deputy, MPs and Senators take pay-cuts to enable pay teachers.
Ababu made the proposal Monday in line with the government's plea that they did not have enough to pay teachers a 50/60% payrise effected at the Labour Court.
He says that the move will help free up enough money to pay civil servants.
" There is need to free up the wage bill and the only way is to cut down on spending on salaries on high earning officials such as the President, his Deputy, MPs and other senior government officials," he said Monday.
He said that he plans to move the motion in the house this week for its first reading.
The move will see officials such as speakers, judges, constitutional commissioners, cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries, governors and county government officials including MCAs and CEC.
" This is the only way to address the runaway wage bill which needs to be culled," he added.
According to President Uhuru Kenyatta, teachers requesting KES 17 billion added to the wage bill would be unsustainable but Namwamba says that the deficit could be easily cut.
" The deficit is easily covered with this proposal and will work," he added.
The proposal is likely to fail though, seeing as in previous times legislators have not taken too kindly to having their salaries reviewed downwards.
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