Akaranga asks SRC to end County reps strike
07 November 2013, 16:08
Vihiga - Vihiga governor, Moses Akaranga, has asked the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and Members of the County Assemblies (MCAs) to come together and resolve the stalemate between them so that they can allow counties to operate without hitches.
Akaranga said that with the stalemate paralysing the activities of counties countrywide, it may deal a major blow to the operations of the County governments and outright hamper the process of smooth devolution.
“We want the Salaries and Remuneration Commission to end the stalemate with the County representatives in the country so that they can resume with their operations. It is very saddening that they have to be out of duty for this long, yet we expect them to be working,” said Akaranga.
In Vihiga County, the County representatives had not fully debated on the Finance Bill and thus the County is still operating on illegal taxation of the residents, which has raised eyebrows as to how the County is planning to raise its revenue.
The governor accepted that although the rates that are being used are illegal, they have no option other than using them because the Finance Bill is still a long process away from being signed into law.
“Perhaps if the County representatives were having their regular sittings, we could have already signed the Finance Bill into law. But now that they are on a go-slow, it is very difficult for them to finish the process in the expected time,” he said.
The speaker of the Vihiga County assembly, Daniel Chitwa, however maintained that they will only resume their duties if the SRC will grant the County representatives what they are demanding for.
He said that their roles are already enshrined in the constitution and they need not be re-evaluated again for the SRC to raise their salaries.
“We had agreed with the SRC during our first strike that they were going to look into the salaries of the County representatives. What they are talking about is a totally a different song that is meant to derail development in the counties,” Chitwa said.
The Sarah Serem’s SRC has maintained that the County representatives must accept the job evaluation before their salaries are re-adjusted.
This is regardless of the countrywide downing of tools by the County reps for over a month now, demanding a threefold pay rise.
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