Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24 Kenya. The stories here come from users.

Latest Badges:

View all Arap Yego's badges.

Members of Bungoma County assembly snub Serem

26 September 2013, 23:21 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) across the country who are currently on strike should engage in constructive dialogue with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), its Chairperson, Sarah Serem, has said.

Speaking on Wednesday afternoon in Bungoma after holding talks with the county leaders with the exemption of MCAs whom she had planned to meet but boycotted, Serem said the going on strike will not solve the plight of the County representatives.

“The issues the MCAs are raising are valid, but we cannot solve a problem by running away from it. Only constructive dialogue can resolve the current stalemate," said Serem, who added that she came to Bungoma County hoping to meet both the executive and the legislature (MCAs) arms of the County government.

She appealed to the County representatives to abandon their current grandstanding of going on strike to push her commission to approve their pay increments and instead asked them to engage her commission.

Serem condemned the move by the members to boycott the meeting saying it was not a solution to addressing their problems.

“You can only appreciate and solve someone’s plight if you sit down with them, dialogue  and listen to each other,” said Serem, who noted that Kenya cannot move forward without devolution.

The SRC chair termed as 'selfish, terribly misguided' the move by MPs and Members of County Assemblies to undo their designation as state officers and called for maturity and objectivity from elected leaders. She opined that the country's wage bill cannot be allowed to rise when there are no gains in the Gross Domestic Product.

Speaking journalists separately however, Bungoma County Assembly leader of majority, Majimbo Okumu, said that Serem and her commission should not feign ignorance of their demands.

“We absolutely had no reason to meet her and the SRC team; they are not new to our demands, they know the demands of the County representatives which has been brought to their attention,” said Okumu, outside the Bungoma County assembly.

Okumu said they have agreed with all the MCAs from the country not to engage with SRC and they will not resume their sittings.

“We are not in a hurry to come back to the County assembly; that is the position of all our colleagues, until we get what we are asking for.  Our remuneration is not sufficient; our commuter allowance should be raised. We are the only state officers with no allowances and we need car grants,” said Majimbo.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
DP Ruto accuses Raila of selling ...

DP Wiliam Ruto has castigated Raila Odinga for seeking western support to fund his 2017 election bid. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Peter Kenneth announces Uhuru 201...

Peter Kenneth has announced that he will support President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2017 elections. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilon Ochieng
Labour Party to dump both Jubilee...

The Labour Party of Kenya is likely to avoid supportoing both the CORD and Jubilee factions during the 2017 General Elections. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Ukambani MP quits Jubilee, to run...

An Ukambani MP has quit the Jubilee Party, citing voter apathy as his reason behind leaving the ruling coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Government launches probe into Po...

The government has launched an inquiry into the circumstances that could have led to two National Police Service helicopter accidents in August and September this year. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilwon Ochieng
Deputy Governor's ally found with...

The EACC has recovered KES 2 million in fake currency from a close ally of Deputy Governor for Tharaka Nithi Eliud Mati. Read more...