Review our salaries, County representatives urge
19 March 2013, 13:26
Elected members of the Meru County Assembly have called on the Salaries
and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to consider reviewing their salary
upwards terming it as meager.
Speaking during a briefing presided
by Governor elect Peter Munya in Meru town ahead of their inauguration
on Friday, the members of the County Assembly said the salary is not in
line with their new positions and responsibilities.
“At first, the
salary was set at about KES 300 000 but has been slashed to KES 79 000.
Our welfare should be looked at seriously,” said Julius
Mbijiwe the County Representative elect for Mwanganthia Ward in Central
Kiome Rimbere of Municipality Ward and a former
Councilor in North Imenti warned that such a salary may encourage
corruption in the county governments.
“With this kind of salary, I
am afraid that we are welcoming corruption at the very beginning of the
new dispensation. County representatives may strain to deliver because
needy people are already flocking here seeking our attention. Please take
care of our welfare,” Kiome said.
Stephen Nturibi from Tigania West and a former councilor for Akithii
Ward lamented that the
gazetted salary is far below what he earned as a councilor saying the new
position comes with increased responsibility.
“We are told that
our position is far better than that of councilors and that we will be
in charge of more resources. For us to work comfortably, they should
give us better salaries. We are very uncomfortable with the gazetted
salary,” said Nturibi.
Expressing similar sentiments, Meru
Governor elect Peter Munya warned that the county governments are likely
to fail if members of county assembly and other staff will not be paid
“We thought that the new constitution was bringing better
things because the idea behind scrapping of councilors was to have a
more effective position. We are surprised that the remuneration is going
down. We will raise these matters in the governors’ council for
possible review,” Munya said.
He also lamented that the salaries
set for County executive committee cannot attract the best professionals
who can steer development.
“For the county government to
take off well, we must have the best minds in the executive committee.
How do they expect us to get the best professionals yet the salary is
set at KES 180 000?” he posed.
They vowed to continue pushing
for improved welfare including security, cheap loans and state funded
County representatives are set to be sworn in on Friday this
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