Nyali MP-elect Mohammed Ali has distanced himself from a bid by legislators to block SRC’s new salary structure.
The former journalist said on his Facebook page he will not support plans by MPs to increase their salaries.
“I have fought for equality and fairness through[out] my career and my first move as a parliamentarian will not be to enrich myself,” he posted on Wednesday.
Parliamentary Service Commission member Gladys Wanga told journalists that SRC’s decision to slash salaries will demean MPs.
“MPs will be humiliated and reduced to beggars like in the past where they depended on incentives from the executive,” the Homa Bay woman rep-elect said on Wednesday.
She came under fire from Kenyans on social media who termed the remarks shameful.
MPs intend to block the new salary structure which cuts their pay from Sh710,000 to Sh621,250 per month.
But the Nyali legislator asked Kenyans to count his vote against the move.
“Forty per cent of my countrymen live on an average of Sh10,000 or less. I do not see the purpose of an increment without ensuring that we create a legal framework for our countrymen to generate wealth FIRST. Count my vote against this,” he added.
Ali, formerly of KTN, won the Nyali MP seat on an independent ticket.
Ali’s sentiments were backed by Starehe’s MP-elect Charles Njagua AKA Jaguar as well as from Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria.
Just to categorically state; I am not in support of a pay rise. Count me out. Tweeted Jaguar.
On his part, Moses Kuria praised SRC’s Sarah Serem’s move to slash all sitting member’s sitting allowances.
Dear Sarah Serem. By this post I authorise you to effect the new salary level for myself. I would even suggest you look for legal mechanism for cutting my salary by a further 15%. I also commend you for revoking all my sitting allowances, otherwise if you didn’t do so I would have been tempted to also claim for squatting allowances or sleeping allowances. Kuria’s post read in part on his Facebook page.
Finally Sarah I will be looking forward to working with you in the 12th parliament to reduce the public wage bill and reduce the many political offices in this country. He added.