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DP wants Senators, Women Reps posts quashed

12 March 2014, 08:15 Wewe ni Wetu

Naivasha - The Democratic Party of Kenya (DP) now wants the posts of Senators and Women representatives quashed so as to address the problem of rising wage bill.

DP also dismissed the ongoing plans to slash the salaries of civil servants noting that this would not work but would end up demoralizing workers.

Addressing the press during their closure of three days meeting in Naivasha, the party faulted the current constitution for creating many vacancies in the government.

According to the party's organizing secretary Jacob Haji, the Jubilee government plans to slash wages of civil servants in a bid to address the high wage bill will not solve the issue.

He noted that it was a time for Kenyans to hold a referendum so that the 'unwanted' seats could be done away with in a bid to address the rising wage bill.

"We do not understand the role of senators and women representatives and this should be the first posts to be scraped," he said.

"The number of commissions in this country is worrying and if they were reduced the government would achieve its target of reducing the high wage bill," he said.

Haji noted that the numbers of Members of County Assembly (MCA) were also very high and should also be reduced.

The party leader Joseph Munyao on his part said that the money to be deducted from both the President and his deputy were peanuts.

"The order from both of them was nonsense and they would better have addressed on the issues of creating more employment and improving economy," he said.

Munyao questioned the rationale used by the registrar of political parties to distribute funds to parties under the political parties act.

He termed the criteria used to distribute the funds as retrogressive adding that DP would work with like minded parties to amend the law.

He termed the rationale as unfair adding that DP had gone to court so that parties would get equal share of the funds.

Munyao said that plans were underway to popularize and rejuvenate party across the country before holding elections.

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