08 Jan

Members of Parliament set for a hefty pay rise -at least 46,000- if Akiwumi report is adopted. While their voters grapple with starvation and others flooded out of their homes. What can we call this madness, selfishness?

In addition, MPs’ pay will be increased by five per cent every year to cushion them against a rise in the cost of living and their allowances for sitting in parliament have been doubled. Prime Minister Raila Odinga is to earn Sh1.67 million every month, some Sh350,000 more than Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka the tribunal says, settling a vexing quarrel over who is President Kibaki’s second-in-command.

MPs will pay more tax, after their taxed basic salary was increased from Sh200, 000 to Sh350, 000. The bulk of their income made up of allowances will however not be taxed and, according to the tribunal, cannot be taxed until the law is changed. The tribunal, chaired by retired Appellate Judge Akilano Akiwumi, agonised over awarding a pay rise for MPs in the face of public hostility and an economy in recession. Indeed, the tribunal gives eloquent reasons why a salary increase at this time is not wise.

The increase has been achieved by removing one of the MPs’ three car allowances, adding part of it to the basic pay and spreading the rest to other allowances. All other allowances have been increased, some such as sitting allowance, more than twice.

The tribunal appears to have been of a divided mind, on the one hand it dwells at length on the reasons for not giving a salary increase, but at the same time felt MPs do an important job and should be paid well. Its report, as a result, is complicated and it will take many days for its full import to be understood.

But when everything is boiled down, MPs have been given a pay rise even though it will not appear in their payslips. This will come from the allowance members are paid to attend Parliament and its committees.
At the time, MPs threatened the Clerk of the National Assembly that unless he obtained permission from Treasury for the increase, they would not vote for the Supplementary Budget then before the House. Treasury officials tricked MPs into believing that the increment had been approved while in actual fact it had not.

The tribunal concludes that there are “too many allowances paid for the maintenance of just one car” but does not take any of them away. Instead, it makes proposals which will allow MPs a little more tax and still be left a little better off.



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    January 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    The day common Kenyans will be empowered to vet some decisions like the mps salary hikes will probably help to stop insensitive leaders from corruptly awarding themselves such huge sums of money.

  2. KYALO

    January 11, 2010 at 9:22 am

    Ndugu zanguni,the time has come for true patriots to rise to the occasion and save not just Kenya but Africa as a whole.This is sickening,hard to imagine the toil of the common man then wake up to this madness of our “lawbreakers”.It’s me and you and you who will save Kenya from these corrupt individuals who can only sing in one accord when there is money and plenty of food on their tables but none of the above for the common man.REVOLUTION!!!!!

  3. Marabi

    January 11, 2010 at 9:24 am

    indeed a sad day for kenyans,i said in this forum there before we need a REVOLUTION,Kenyans through help of transparent media should fight and make sure their voice is heard,if the pay hike was for michuki i would not mind he deserve,but reslly ….other mps who have even remain anonymus even in their constituncy sum it up to be a highest seriouss joke ,but kenyans are ignorant any way.

  4. kUI

    January 11, 2010 at 9:25 am

    U can rattle all u want, am just glad this is happening now. God forbid it had happen during moi’s time. u would see naked people on the streets. the blame stops squarely at the top, but again they rigged themselves in. u can call all the revolution u want, that is nonsense, justice is the only thing that will eliminate all the ill of the past decade. Where is PM on this,”baking mandazis doesn’t event get u close to ur perk. stand up and reject this if u r a deserving leader.

  5. nJERU

    January 11, 2010 at 9:29 am

    People of Kenya, there come a time when one is ready to die for ones country and beliefs. Our country has gone to rogue dogs. These Mps are cold and heartless! Kenyans die daily for lack of medicine, flooding, food, rationing of electicity, few schools, the list is endless. Why are we cursed with bad and greedy “leaders: This time they have gone too far. Fighting evil is a patriotic due. These people are worse than the Mubeberu.What these Mps need is a sound beating and make sure they never set foot in parliament. Kenyans need to take action.

  6. nJERU

    January 11, 2010 at 9:31 am

    For crying out loud! Is Kenya the only country in the world that is immune to the current recession?The government is busy begging the international community for money to fund health, education… even food!!! yet MPs are getting pay hikes! Where the hell do these tribunal guys live have they lost whatever little sense that had left…what a bleeding total embarrassment????

  7. anitah

    January 11, 2010 at 9:35 am

    We can all rant here and complain about these thieves and it it will make no difference to them or we can do something about it. One of the posters below has given an online forum that they have created If you love Kenya then let us start an online revolution where we can get rid of all of them in the next election. I went to the above site and it shows a lot of potential to start something. Planning to register, let us get it to a critical mass and really make a difference. jUST MAYBE

  8. CALEB

    January 11, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I think we are like slaves, we can’t do anything. Did this commission get views from the public? Did the public tell them to raise MPs salaries? I thought the public would ask them to reduce and tax MPs salaries. What can we do? I think someone should demand mass action like it was after the elections. This seems the only voice the people have.

  9. adan

    January 11, 2010 at 9:39 am

    It is ok for them. let them get it but it is a pity that they want us to go the Somali way. They are igniting the fire now, when it starts burning they will be the first victims!!! Very disgusting…


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