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County assembly members plan to boycott activities

08 May 2013, 16:35 Alloys Musyoka

County assembly activities in Kilifi County have been paralyzed after members passed a motion suspending its activities until their salary plight is addressed by the Salary and Remuneration Commission.

The motion to suspend county assembly activities indefinitely until their salaries issues are solved by SRC was tabled on Wednesday at the assembly hall by deputy majority leader and Mtepeni ward representative Mwingo Kaingu Boniface.

During the morning session of the Kilifi county assembly sitting on Wednesday, Kaingu said: “Mr. Speaker I hereby table this motion to adjourn assembly sitting house until further notice when issues of our salary is solved.”

The motion was seconded by members before County assembly after the speaker,  Jimmy Kahindi, allowed members to contribute by either supporting or opposing it.

Members of the assembly attacked the central government for keeping quiet over the burning issue and leaving the Salary and Remuneration commission to 'mistreat them by allocating them meager pay'.

Magarinj ward representative honorable Elina Mbaru supported the motion saying that the SRC should not have reduced their salary from KES 300 000 to KES 79 000.

Mbari said it is so sad that the governor is earning transport allowances higher than their salaries despite the fact that they are required to perform a lot of duties at the county level.

On his side, Marafa Ward representative Renson Kambi supported the motion saying that ward representatives should stay with electorates at the villages than paying for their own transport and accommodation in order to attend assembly meetings.

“Mr. Speaker my salary when I was councilor of only one area was enough. Now am managing three wards but the salary is peanuts. We better go home and stay there with our people and share the little we have with them than staying here to waste more money since they still need us to help them when we go back," he pointed out.

Watamu ward representative Ibrahim Mohamed supported the motion saying that when he checked his account he found only KES 61 000 which is meant to be his salary.

He said that if their issue is not solved, Kilifi county governor Amason Jefa Kingi will be forced to pass his cabinet and budget in their absence if the law allows him.

The speaker later addressed the media where he said that he supported the motion.

Jimmy Kahindi said that they have been engaging the Salary and Remuneration Commission over the matter but had not yet received any response.

“Let’s look at the work they are assigned to do. It is not fair because they deserve good payment and allowances like any other public workers,” he said.

Kahindi said that the salary gap between governor, deputy governor and the county assembly members is wanting and so the SRC should give audience to the assembly members concerning their plight.

He said it is so discouraging that the salary of a village administrator is almost equivalent to that of county representative even though their duties are different.

Village administrator will be earning salary KES 35 910 - 45 880 every month, house allowance of KES 15 000 and Commuting allowance of KES 6 000 per month while county representative only get KES 79 000 without any allowance apart from committee sitting allowance paid only if there was meeting, and one attended.

He said adjournment of the house activities by the members of assembly means that governors’ office can do nothing.

He called on the SRC to intervene and see to it that the issue is resolved for the county members to get started with their activities.

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