Nyali MP-elect Mohammed Ali has distanced himself from a move by his colleagues in Parliament to resist a pay cut. The former KTN Chief Investigations Editor said it is wrong for MPs to clamour for more pay yet mots Kenyans were living in poverty. “I, Mohamed Ali Mohamed do not support any move to increase my salary and that of my fellow elected Members of Parliament. I have fought for equality and fairness all through my career and my first move as a Parliamentarian will not be to enrich myself. 40% of my countrymen live on an average of 10000 shillings 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 said in a Facebook post.
A section of newly elected MPs led by Homa Bay Woman MP Gladys Wanga have angered many after they resisted a plan by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission(SRC) to slash their salaries by KSh 90,000 each. The move is meant to tame the wage bill which has been ballooning each financial year. According to SRC, the pay cut which has been extended to the President and his deputy,Cabinet members,MPs, and Governors among others will save the tax payer KSh 8 billion annually.