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Namwamba hits back at Muturi for criticizing 50% paycut motion

23 September 2015, 19:00 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Budalang’i MP, Ababu Namwamba has hit back at the National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi for criticizing his motion to have leaders take a 50% paycut to raise funds for striking teachers.

Namwamba said he is surprised by Muturi’s sentiments of terming him a “populist” and that proposals in his motion are untenable yet the Speaker is supposed to remain an impartial arbiter in matters for debate in the House.

“When the Speaker purports to preempt debate, to prematurely and casually pass a verdict either way outside the House, he shames the dignity of his office, compromises the authority of the House and defiles the sanctity of legislation,” said Namwamba.

Namwamba maintained that the purpose of his motion is to trigger a comprehensive review and harmonization of the country’s grotesquely imbalanced and inequitable public wage structure full of disparities between top and lesser earners.

“Populist or no, this is a just, moral, noble and timely mission I am fully committed to driving all the way to its logical conclusion. Am ready and prepared to move the motion after the House reconvenes from recess and I ask the Speaker to remain the impartial arbiter and nothing more in this debate,” said Namwamba.

He challenged other legislators that they should support his motion if they are genuinely concerned with the plights of teachers, police, medical personnel and thousands of poorly remunerated public servants.

Namwamba also asked his CORD coalition leaders and colleagues in Parliament to back him on grounds that it will be part of legislative and policy options that can move the country forward in addition to asking President Uhuru Kenyatta to demonstrate good leadership by leading the 50% pay cut proposal.

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