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Treasury CS given 7 days to submit supplementary budget for teachers pay

16 September 2015, 08:09 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Three MPs have issued a 7-day ultimatum to Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich to submit a Supplementary budget proposal to Parliament for the implementation of teachers’ pay rise or take action against him.

The Jubilee legislators faulted President Uhuru Kenyatta’s refusal to effect the courts’ order awarding teachers 50 – 60% salary increment and maintained that the government has enough funds to meet teachers’ demands.

The MPs; Bernard Bett (Bomet East), Paul Bii (Chepalungu) and Ronald Tanui (Bomet Central) said the needed KES 17 billion to cater for teachers’ salary increment can be easily raised from the KES 2 trillion 2015/16 national budget allocations to various government ministries and agencies.

“Kenyan children and parents cannot continue suffering because of the ongoing teachers’ strike. We are giving the Treasury Cabinet Secretary seven days’ notice to submit a Supplementary budget and the House be recalled to act on it,” warned Bett.    

He pointed out that they are going to petition the National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi and the Majority Leader, Adan Duale to recall the House to intervene in the matter because the Executive has failed.

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“The Speaker cannot stop or overrule the MPs’ petition for the House to be recalled to address a matter of national importance because he is an ex-official member in Parliament,” said Bett.

Ronald Tanui accused Duale of playing diversionary tactics by insisting that Parliament cannot be recalled to address the matter but proposed that the required KES 17 billion can also be raised through deductions from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

“The teachers’ pay rise issue is not in the court to stop Parliament from coming in because the Supreme Court already ruled in favour of teachers. The President’s failure to respect the court ruling creates a constitutional crisis and a precedent for people to dishonor our courts,” said Tanui.

Paul Bii said the striking teachers have genuine reasons to down their tools in demand for pay rise and condemned Kenyatta’s advisors for misadvising him to defy the court orders to implement the directive.

“Ministries were allocated huge sums of money and we want to know what they do with it. For example, there is much money in the National Youth Service which up to date I wonder what it is used for because I can’t see anything being done for Chepalungu constituency youths and the entire Bomet County,” said Bii.

The MPs were speaking in a press conference at Parliament Buildings.

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