THE Salaries and Remuneration Commission has opposed a bill that seeks to exempt MPs from being listed as state officers. Commission chair Serem yesterday said proposed changess in the SRC Amendment Bill that were introduced by MP Samuel Chepkonga who is the chairperson of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee will render chapter six of the constitution redundant.
The bill proposes an amendment to the definition of state officers as provided in article 260 of the constitution by excluding MPs, county representatives and members of the judiciary from the definition.
Yesterday, the SRC met the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission, Constitution Implementation Commission, Kenya Law Reforms Commission, the Ombudsman and a number of civil society activists to brief them on the bill.
"Will the amendment advance the public good while ensuring legal, political and economic stability? Does it suit the needs of and demands of our society? The answer to these questions is a firm no" Serem said.
Speaking at the Laico Regency hotel in Nairobi, the SRC chair said the timing and rationale of the amendment are not good for the country. "If passed, the bill will have far reaching implications, not only on the determination of the remuneration and benefits in the public sector but also the governance of the country," Serem said. She said MPs have an ulterior motive and they want to be given powers to increase their salaries at will.