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I won’t get value for work if I take pay cut, says MP

23 September 2015, 10:39 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - Ruaraka MP, Tom Kajwang’ has said he won’t get the value of his work as a legislator if he accepts to take a 50 percent pay cut as proposed by his Budalangi counterpart, Ababu Namwamba.

Speaking in Nairobi on Tuesday, Kajwang’ said the government must obey the court order and pay teachers because that is its legal obligation.

“I cannot take a pay cut because I don’t want to work for free. I want to get value for my work,” the legislator said.

According to him, the government is spreading propaganda by claiming that the wage bill would rise if they pay teachers.

Read Also: Breaking: Muturi rejects Ababu's 50% paycut motion

“The teachers' issue is not tied to the wage bill. There are many ways the government can use to raise the teachers’ pay.

“They should quickly come with an offer to the negotiating table with teachers and end the stalemate,” Kajwang’ said.

He refuted claims that the opposition was using the teachers’ strike to gain political mileage, saying they are concerned because they are there to represent the people of Kenya.

“We are not taking advantage of the situation. What we are doing is making the voice of teachers be heard. Remember these teachers are our constituents; they voted for us,” Kajwang’ said.  

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