KISUMU county executives have petitioned the Salaries and Remuneration Commission to formulate their salaries proportional to their National counterparts. In a proposal presented to the SRC on Tuesday, they said their current salary is low. The executives earn a basic salary of Sh225,000.
In March, SRC gazetted salaries for the cabinet secretaries in the national government to earn Sh792,000 per month. The draft pay structure was developed between last November and January.
If the Kisumu cabinet executives salary proposal is adopted by the SRC, the 10-member Cabinet will get an additional Sh567,000. In their proposal, the Kisumu executive members proposed Sh5 million (inpatient) and Sh500,000 (outpatient) as annual medical cover.
They said the amount should pay them the amount directly. The proposal was presented to the SRC by the County executive members led by Agriculture executive Stephen Orot during a meeting on salary and job evalutions.
It further states that the county has hilly terrain and rugged roads and therefore proposed that county state offices should be given 4W drive vehicles to traverse the county.
"We must move across the county to enable us deliver service to the residents," Jennifer Kere, executive member for sports said. The county state officers also want transport allowances to be increased from Sh 20, 000 to Sh 40, 000 to compensate the cost they incurred.
They also want house allowances of between Sh 100, 000 to Sh 150,000 for a suitable house saying the rent rates in the city is too high. According to the proposal, they want meal allowances inclusive of breakfast, Lunch and Dinner costing Sh 2,000 and Sh 5,000 respectively.
The proposal also includes the entertainment allowances, international and local travel per diems and security. The county state officers also want non practicing allowances of Sh 50, 000 which is given when people leave their respective professional practice. "Some of us have left their professional responsibilities hence need to be paid the non practicing allowances," Kere said.