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Newly elected MPs threaten to abolish SRC if sitting allowances are not reinstated

Following an attempt to eliminate sitting allowances in plenary sessions, newly elected MPs’ first order of business could be to introduce a motion to begin the process of disbanding the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).

The MPs, who are undergoing an orientation and registration process at Parliament Buildings, have accused the SRC of breaching its powers. The MPs have now requested that the Parliamentary Service Commission dispute the action through the court.

“We will not sit and watch the SRC take away what we enjoyed in the last Parliament,” said Westlands MP, Tim Wanyonyi.

READ: SRC scraps plenary allowances but enhances MPs, MCAs salaries

The SRC published new salaries for elective positions around the country, as well as allowances for those who will hold them. Sitting allowances and car grants have been phased out in favor of a transportation facilitation allowance. In addition, MPs’ cars will be maintained by them.

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission has abolished the plenary sittings allowance for Members of Parliament and Members of County Assemblies. In a Gazette notice dated August 9, the SRC has however enhanced their gross salaries to Sh710,000 from Sh621,250 for MPs and Sh144,375 from Sh123,750 for MCAs.

Currently, MPs earn a plenary sitting allowance of Sh5,000 per session meaning that if one attends Parliament for all sessions in a month, they earn Sh80,000 above the Sh621,250 gross salary.

There are 4 sessions per week in Parliament – one on Tuesday, two on Wednesday, and one on Thursday. However, MPs are sometimes called for special sittings which raise their allowances.

SRC has said that it hopes to save close to Sh1.5 billion in the abolished allowances.

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