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Cherangany MP criticises colleagues over salaries

08 May 2013, 12:37 Mwangi Karanja

Cherangany Member of Parliament Wesley Korir has said that he will not support the salary increment plea by MPs.

Speaking on Monday in Cherangany, Wesley pointed out that majority of Kenyans are languishing in poverty saying huge salaries for members of parliament was against people’s wish.

He reiterated that the proposed salaries by SRC was enough as many workers get less that KES 2 000 per month and they still provide for their families.

“Am surprised that motions that are before the parliament which are intended to upscale the standards of living for Kenyans receive opposition but the topic of salary increment is supported by all,” he said.

Wesley becomes first Member of Parliament to accept the proposed salary, which according to majority of MPs is dismal.

He said that MPs should focus more on improving the lives of Kenyans other than pushing for their own interests.

“We are the people’s representatives and we need to push for what will benefit them because they have suffered for many years,” he noted.

He pointed out that MPs were creating wrong impression by spending their time discussing salaries yet there are issues that demand urgent attention such as floods and insecurity.

The MPs' quest for higher pay has received boost from the speaker of national assembly Justin Muturi who said they should be paid the same salary as members of the tenth parliament.

At the same time, Trans Nzoia county women representative Janet Nangabo has said that people are misquoting the MPs since all they want is for the SRC to retain the tenth parliament salary, which is not the same as salary increment.

“We want to be paid what members of the tenth parliament were receiving and not more than that as purported by other people,” she said.

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