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Senator calls for quick amendment of key county bills

27 November 2013, 20:11 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - Mombasa senator Hassan Omar has called for quick amendment of key county bills by the Mombasa county assembly for effective county operation.

The senator who spoke to the press after the stakeholders forum on utilization of harbors and water transport system on Wednesday morning, said failure to debate and pass the key bills like the finance bill, it may destabilize county operations

He said county assemblies are entitled to help their counties by formulating legal framework which in turn will create better understanding and success of devolution.

‘’The central government has drastically failed in devolving legal framework to counties,"said Omar.

His sentiments comes as the County governments continue to suffer as county assembly members’ stand-off over their demand for salary increment, which is paralyzing operations in counties across the country.

All county functions including the passing of key bills in the county assemblies have been paralyzed by the ongoing go-slow by all county assembly members of the 47 counties. Many of them are now thrown into crisis after month’s house adjournment in protest for their salary review.

The members want their salaries increased from KES79,000 to KES257,000 while the county speakers are demanding an increase from KES225,000 to KES512,800. However each member will earn KES60,000 amounts in various allowances, that the members will earn under a deal that was struck last week.

Their move come when most of the counties have not approved the finance bill that will enable them to spend properly the money allocated to counties by the county government. On Saturday at  MCA's meeting in Nairobi they agreed to paralyze business in their counties until their salaries are reviewed by the salaries and the remuneration commission SRC.

In an earlier meeting held in Nairobi the salaries and remuneration commission chair lady Sarah Serem declined to discuss the salaries increment until all members would do a job re-evaluation test a move which majority of assembly members threatened to abscond from . Serem had warned those who would not turn up would not be considered.

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