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Mombasa County assembly suspends sessions

09 May 2013, 13:35 Rodgers Buluma

Members of the Mombasa County assembly have suspended its sessions for an unknown period of time.

The sessions were suspended Wednesday following complaints from the ward representatives that they have not received their salaries for the three months they have been in office.

Consequently, the members complained that the county has not yet received money from the central government to facilitate smooth running of county business.

It is alleged that the delay of the County government funds is a strategy by some people within the central government to paralyze the devolution process.

Speaking to the media at the county hall on Wednesday after the suspension of sessions, the county representatives said they had made the decision after their attempts to get the central government address the issue bore no fruits.

In addition, the ward representatives complained that their earnings were meager compared to the magnitude of their job.

They alleged that the speaker of the central government earns 80% of what the president earns while the speaker of the county assembly receives only 40% of what the governor earns.

According to their calculations, a Member of Parliament earns 40% of what the president earns while a ward representative earns only 12% of what the governor earns.

The members of the county assembly of Mombasa are demanding that the Salaries and Remuneration Commission revise their salaries to KES 350 000.

Currently, a ward representative is earning KES 75 000 per month, an amount that they call an insult to what they are mandated to do.

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