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Senators pay rise unreasonable, says SRC

04 September 2014, 14:21 William Korir

Nairobi - The Salaries are Remuneration Commision SRC has said that the proposed pay package for Senators is unreasonable and cannot pass.

A proposal has been put forward by Senators which will see Senators earn up to as much as KES 2.4 million a month.

Already some Senators have distanced themselves from the reports, while others have been quiet on the proposals.

On the other hand, MPs have said they will not allow such to happen, threatening the Parliamentary Service Commision with the sack if they allow the changes to be made.

The SRC though, which is in-charge of handling public allocation of salaries says that there is no way such changes can be agreed to at the moment.

" Any salary increments will be subject to a sustained economic growth as has been effected across board , SRC chair Sarah Serem said.

" Any leader or group demanding a wage increase should start their journey from the country’s revenue data,” she added.

Read also: Duale spits fire, Khalwale urges calm on proposed Senators pay

The debate over the proposed new salaries has raised debate in public circles over the alleged greed of Senators, considering the current state of the economy and level of public debt.

Speaker of the Senate Ekwe Ethuro declined to directly comment on the matter, instead saying that consultations are ongoing over the proposals.

" We will get back to you soon on the issue, he said Wednesday after meeting a group of Senators over the matter", he said.

It is expected that Senate will soon give out a stand over the issue although it is understood that most senators feel underpaid and undervalued.

" There is a strong feeling that they work hard and are underpaid but it is not shared across board and there will be consultations and a way forward pledged soon ", the source said.

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