Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr has expressed displeasure in hefty salary demands recently made by his counterparts eliciting public outrage and condemnation from religious and civil societies.
In an interview with journalists in Nairobi, the Senator was of the opinion that high political salaries weighed down on the Country’s economy owing to the huge wage bill.
“Demands for higher salary perks by legislators cannot be justified. We are highest paid politicians in the world if not under the sun, yet the people we serve are living in squalor conditions,” said Mr Kilonzo.
Asked whether he felt MPs should push for more financial support (pension) once they leave parliament, the lawmaker termed the move as selfish and unexpected of leaders who claim to have interests of the electorate at heart.
He said, “I disagree. Political office is not permanent and pensionable. It is Contractual. Those who want pension should not seek elective office.”
This comes days after Homa Bay Women Rep Gladys Wanga and Mbita MP Millie Odhiambo threatened to fight Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC)’s move to slash salaries for elected leaders and State officers henceforth.
They termed the salary cut as unfair and meant to degrade lawmakers.
According to the planned pay reduction which cuts across board for all elected leaders and state officers, MPs and senators will now earn Sh621,250 down from Sh710,000.
The new salary structure will also see sitting allowances and mileage reimbursement for the legislators scrapped.