The Salaries and Remuneration Committee has announced that it will scrap off sitting allowances for members of parliament, senators and Members of the County Assembly.
Chairperson Lyn Mengich announced that legislators joining the house after the August 9 elections will not be getting Ksh 5,000 for every session, as the revised structures take effect on August 9, 2022.
“Sitting allowances for plenary sessions in plenary sessions in parliament and county assemblies are abolished and cease to be payable,” Mengich told journalists in a press conference on Thursday.
The cuts will also affect county executive committee members (CECs).
The commission will still maintain sitting allowances for members of the parliamentary committee. The committee chairperson gets Ksh 15,000 before tax, while the vice chair and members get Ksh 10,000 and 8,000 respectively. However, the SRC capped maximum allowances for the chair at Ksh 240,000 per month, vice chair at Ksh 192,000 per month and members at Ksh 120,000 per month.
In today’s announcement, the SRC will also abolish car grants for MCAs. Such will scrap off Ksh 2 million grant given to MCAs in February 2021 to win their support for the Building Bridges Initiative, BBI.
Scrapping off sitting allowances will shave the government Ksh 382 million. The National Assembly has 349 MPs siting four times a week and 67 senators meeting thrice every week. Both pocket Ksh 5,000 per sitting.
MPs will get house allowances of 150,000 and a gross salary of Ksh 710,000