National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale, Chief Justice David Maraga, AND Speaker Justin Muturi the start of the last retreat of the leadership of the National Assembly in Mombasa on February 10, 2017. PHOTO/UPESINEWS
BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,10TH FEB,2017– The speaker of the national assembly Justin Muturi has defended the current pariliament against reports that they have been concerned about passing bills meant to increase their perks since they took the mantle in 2013.Speaking in Mombasa when he officially opened a two day leadership summit for MPS Friday,Muturi says nothing could be far from the truth adding that being a house where laws are made the current house has respected the salaries and remuneration commission SRC on any such suggestion
.He has asked the medai to always check their facts before reporting .” MPs will respect the decision of the the salaries agency but have a right to negotiate pay and terms of service like other public workers”, he said.He also said Parliamentary Service Commission had not increased salaries for MPs at the start of the current term.
“Parliament has not set its salaries and terms of service. We respect the work of the SRC (Salaries and Remuneration Commission) but we are enjoined to engage the SRC in negotiations, which any other arm of government does,” said Mr Muturi at the start of the last retreat of the Assembly’s leadership at Serena Beach Resort and Spa in Mombasa.
“It is our legitimate responsibility as the PSC to engage the SRC and other arms of government on what is best for our members. When we do that, it cannot be termed as arm-twisting. It is not arm-twisting. It is negotiating,” said Mr Muturi.
MPs are currently angling to get “severance pay” for the eight months by which their term will be shortened because the elections will be held in August.
A court has issued an order stopping that payment as a case filed is heard and determined.
The Speaker said efforts to get better pay for MPs should not be viewed differently from what other public workers, like doctors, are doing.