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County Ward Reps condemn Serem for misleading the public

17 October 2013, 21:57 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - A group of more than 100 County Ward Representatives drawn from nine counties on Wednesday condemned the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) chairperson, Sarah Serem, saying her commission is frustrating them and misleading the general public into believing that they are earning well.

“It is clear that SRC is working on pressure but not on wisdom. Members of the national assembly were added salary after putting more pressure on the chairperson but she has ignored our grievances,” said Meru county assembly minority leader Stephen Nturibi Etirikia.

Reduced salary by 74 pc just before polling day

Nturibi lamented that during campaigns, the commission had gazetted that they will be earning KES 300 000 only for it to reduce the amount to KES 79 000 three days to the polling day.

The Ward Representatives who had convened at Green Hills Hotel Nyeri for training on oversight roles and preparation of County budgets said their salary should be increased by 43 percent.

While addressing media, the politicians argued that the commission’s chairperson, Sarah Serem, should be sacked.

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County Ward Representatives sing a solidary song outside Green Hills Hotel in Nyeri (Photo: Joseph Njung'eh, News24 user)

Petronilla Wafula from Nairobi County claimed that some senior officers in the commission are of the view that ward reps are not educated and could be the reason they have decided to give them little.

She said the commission should realise they are constitutionally representatives of the public and not appointed by individuals.

“Serem is not aware that she can be demoted from that seat. She is pushing us to the wall and we should know who appointed her to that position. She should be re-vetted and sanctioned,” opined Petronilla.

She added that the chairperson is taking the country to a standstill derailing devolution since the County governments cannot perform without their input.

They vowed not to resume from recess until their demands are met.

The politicians however urged the Senate not to deliberate the County Development Board Bill further without consulting them.

“Senators should not discuss County matters without consulting us so that it can fit the scope of devolution,” said Wardere Mohammud from Elben ward in Wajir County.

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