NAIROBI, Kenya, May 15 – The Salaries and Remuneration Commission now says the house allowance paid to the Members of Parliament is unconstitutional.
The Commission’s Chairperson Lyn Mengich said they will take legal action to recover the funds and ensure that no monies are paid to any State officer without their approval.
“The Parliamentary Service Commission does not have the mandate to review or set salaries and allowances to the State officers; that’s the mandate of the SRC,” Mengich said.
“The gazette notice is clear and there is no misunderstanding here. The notice states that the State officers are paid a gross remuneration package.”
She said there is no other State officer who enjoys a house allowance outside the gross payment.
The Parliamentary Service Commission had awarded MPs a monthly house allowance of Sh250,000 which has caused public uproar.
Each of the 416 MPs received Sh2.25 million over and above their monthly pay in April being the backdated amount for the contentious allowance.
MPs are already enjoying a mortgage package of Sh20mn and the monthly house allowance would translate to an over Sh100mn burden to the tax payer.