BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,24TH AUG 2017-President Uhuru Kenyatta has strongly opposed the move by newly elected members of parliament to announce that they will reject the recommendations by the salaries and remuneration commission SRC to withdraw their allowances.
Addressing catholic schools headteachers conference at the Catholic university of Eastern Africa on Thursday,the head of state was categorical that he firmly support the recommendations by SRC to have MPS allowances reduced. ”I firmly support the recommendations by SRC there is nobody who is very important than all us sited here” .he said.
The president further said that even as he awaits the supreme court ruling on the NASA petition challenging his win ,he will not support such selfish move by Members of parliament.He also asked NASA leader Raila Oding to also come out and speak against the MPs announcement.He said that if the supreme court ruled in his favour he will not approve any pay a part form that recommended by SRC.
Addressing the press at parliament buildings on Wednesday Homa Bay women representative elect Gladys Wanga who is also a member of public service commission had accused Salaries and remuneration commission SRC on embarking on a mission to drastically reduce MPS pay and allowances without having carried out a job evaluation exercise as required by constitution.
Ms Wanga said SRC wants to demean Members of parliament and made it clear that they will reject the move.”There is a sustained campaign by SRC to reduce MPs to beggars and people who move from office to office asking for handouts and this will not happen under our watch”said Ms Wanga.
WASTAGE OF PUBLIC RESOURCES
President kenyatta also announced that the plans are at an advanced stage to roll out free secondary school education as from January next years as earlier stipulated.He however warned that the government will not allow misappropriation of funds allocated for free secondary school education.The tough talking Kenyatta directed the education cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i who was also present to work with relevant authorities to ensure that no single penny allocated to schools is misused.
He also warned teachers against spending more time outside school on their on business and giving just a fraction to pupils.”We must all be ready to work and receive pay on that which we have worked for”.he said.
On the same wavelength he asked the church to work together with the government to ensure that as final steps are undertaken to complete the design of the new curriculum,it benefits all learners and produce kenyans who will be morally upright and Godly.
The head of state was categorical that he was not happy with various reports especially by foreign organizations such as UNESCO who over time have released reports that have rated the education being offered in kenya being of low standards.He however expressed confidence that the situation will soon change after development of education quality assurance system which was developed with the assistance of development partners.He announced that the new system to check education standards will be launched next month.