Gichugu MP: We earn peanuts
23 April 2013, 12:16
Gichugu MP Njogu Barua has supported call by members of parliament to increase their salaries terming the current MPs' salaries as peanuts.
Speaking at Kiambui in his constituency, the MP said that he will be in the front line fighting for better remunerations as they are paid poorly.
However, the TNA legislator called for consultations between parliamentary service commission and Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to solve the current standoff between the MPs and the commission.
The legislator said that disbanding the commission was too harsh and would defeat the essence of the new constitution.
Barua lamented that their current salaries are too low and cannot sustain them and their constituents.
He said that the Salaries and Remuneration Commission should openly discuss MPs' salaries and engage all stakeholders instead of hiding their heads in the sand.
Barua's sentiments are backed by Kenya union of teachers (Knut) who on Monday demanded that the salaries of MPs be raised to the KES 851 000 they were earning before.'MPs are workers whose welfare must also be addressed'
The union, through its national chairman Wilson Sossion, said MPs are workers whose welfare must also be addressed.
Central Organization of Trade Union (COTU) secretary general Francis Atwoli has also supported MPs' pleas saying that their current salaries are too low and the union will support the planned disbandment of SRC.
Barua said that it was in bad faith for SRC to slice the MPs' salaries by 2/3 since they work 24 hours a day.
He said that he receives petitions from his constituents demanding school fees, burial assistance and hospital bills every day, a move he said will not be possible with current salaries.
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