The decision by county assemblies to go on strike to push for better pay is a slap in the faces of the Kenyan electorate.
They, just like MPs, believe the Kenya electorate owes them a living far beyond what the country can afford. Their demand that they get half the salary paid to county governors flies in the face of what the Transitional Authority, the National Treasury, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission and even the presidency are emphasizing--the desperate need to trim the public service pay bill to what the country can afford.
By going on strike--in the guise they are on recess--the county assemblies should realise they are in breach of the contract they signed with the Kenyan electorate and the promises they made on their election--to serve the public and ensure efficient and proper delivery of services.
Instead of striking, the county assemblies should redouble their efforts to open up their areas for investment, improve and develop infrastructure and ensure services are delivered. If this is done, there is no Kenyan who will quibble over their demands for improved pay. We urge that payment of allowances, salaries and other perks of those assembly men and women who go on strike should be withheld for as long as they are on strike. They should not be paid for work not done!