MP wants Jubilee govt to resign over Wage Bill
18 March 2014, 09:20
Nakuru - Nakuru West Member of Parliament, Samuel Arama has said that Jubilee government should resign if they cannot deal with the bloated Wage Bill issue.
The legislator hit out at President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto over their attempts to slash the salaries of government officials saying they knew about the wage bill even before they were elected.
Speaking on Monday during a press briefing in Nakuru town, Arama said that there are betters ways of reducing the swollen wage bill.
The MP wondered why the government has so many commissioners who are 'doing nothing to help the public'.
He said that both the central government and county governments need to get rid of unnecessary expenditures if the wage bill is to go down.
“We have so many commissions in the country which do nothing and the biggest mistake this government ever did was to in crease the number of these commissions,” he said.
Commenting on the on the bill that seeks to eliminate over 800 nominated Members of County Assembly (MCAs), the legislator said the nominated members serve no purpose for the growth of the counties.
He also said that the nominated MCAs and women representatives have made made worse the already bloated wage bill.
“Nominated MCAs should just be scraped off because they are not helping our counties. All they do is waste the public money,” he said.
Arama said that he will be pushing for removal of Women representatives in the floor of the house since they do not have any major role to play in the National Assembly.
He said that the Parliament is capable of operating with the current number of women who were elected in their respective constituencies.
The lawmaker also said that the 2010 constitution should be amended to reduce the number of counties from 47 to 14.
Arama said that some of the counties which were created were just 'loopholes of corruption' in the country, a thing he said should not be allowed.
“We are having so many counties which are not helping the Wanjikus of this country and that is why I strongly feel they should be reduced to 14,” he said.
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