Kenyan parliamentarians have renewed their bid to wrest control of setting their own salaries from the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), this time by attempting to amend the constitution, Kenya's Daily Nation reported Thursday (August 22nd).
The proposed bill would amend Article 260 of the constitution, removing parliamentarians, judges and magistrates from the category of "state officers" -- a move that would prevent the SRC from regulating their pay.
Passage of the bill would allow parliamentarians to set their salaries at will.
Estimates suggest the increased salaries would cost the Kenyan taxpayers an extra 7 billion shillings ($80 million) annually.
Among the proposed new salaries, the speaker of the National Assembly would receive 1.6 million shillings ($18,300) a month, while parliamentarians would get 1.4 million shillings ($16,000) a month. They currently earn 1.4 million ($16,000) and 1.3 million ($14,800) respectively.
The SRC condemned the move.
"It goes against good practice to have an employee set his/her own remunerations and benefit. This is prone to abuse and prejudice in awarding themselves unjustified high wages and benefits leading to a bloated wage bill," the SRC said.