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Elders support SRC's stand on County Reps' salaries

06 November 2013, 15:14 Robert Kibet

Nakuru - The Rift Valley Council of Elders have supported the decision by Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) boss, Sarah Serem, to not raise the salaries of County assemblies representatives until they avail themselves for job re-evaluation.

Through its spokesperson, Gilbert Kabage, the council blamed the MCAs for not giving the needs of Kenyans a priority.

Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) have maintained their demand to have their salaries and allowances increased from the current KES 79,000 to about KES 300,000 without undergoing the job evaluation process.

Kabage said the MCAs need to explain to Kenyans what they have done for the people they represent for the last seven months before they demand for more pay.

He further called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to disband County assemblies and let Kenyans go for a fresh election in order for them to elect leaders that are ready to delivery, if the current county reps do not accept their current salaries.

“What president Uhuru needs to do is disband the county assemblies and let Kenyans go to the ballot to elect leaders who are ready to work,” said Kabage.

At the same time, the council accused the County reps of trying to steal from the government coffers, adding that some of the reps are former councilors who grabbed public utilities hence having no other public utility to grab, they are trying to steal from the government indirectly.

On the current move by the Inspector General of police, David Kimaiyo, to reshuffle senior police and CID officers across the country, Kabage praised the move but said it should be extended to the grassroots level.

He proposes the transfer of police chiefs who have served in one station for more than three years, saying this will improve security and reduce corruption cases.

However, the council called on Kimaiyo to equip the police service and its officers well in a bid to improve their service delivery.

“Kimaiyo should in the first place equip his officers and after that move to suck those who fail to perform as required,” added Kabage.

He narrated one incident in his Kabazi residential area, where he spotted a police vehicle being pushed in order to start, arguing that the incidence proved that the police are undergoing various challenges in their fight against crime.

The council also opposed the media bill passed by parliament that seeks to control what the public gets from the media.

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