The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Pay MCAS More Cash, Says Karua

The Narc Kenya party leader, Martha Karua, has backed the county assembly members' push for higher pay. She said MPs got a pay increase after the March 4 lection and as such, ward representatives ought to be considered as well.

The former MP for Gichugu and Minister for Justice was speaking at Kianjokoma during the homecoming party of the area ward representative Paul Muchangi, who was elected on Narc Kenya party ticket.

Karua said the Salaries and Remuneration Commission should address MCAs' demands to end the stalemate, which has paralysed work in the counties. She said legislation and oversight roles at the counties have been halted and called on the concerned parties to quickly end the stalemate.

Karua said MCAs play an important role in nation building hence their demands are justified. She urged MCAs to work hard as they are the pacesetters in devolution and their participation will enable Kenyans to know if the devolved system of government is good or bad.

The Narc Kenya boss said she will be at the ballot box come 2017 general election to realise her dream of becoming the President. Karua said Kenyans should not fight for politicians blindly during the election campaigns but rather support them based on their qualifications and what they can achieve for the residents.

She said the elected leaders should be given a chance to prove their worth instead of constantly criticising them for no good reason. Karua called on ward representatives to work in harmony to realise the fruits of devolution.

Embu speaker Justus Kariuki Mate said some leaders in Embu county assume they are being fought whenever they are criticised. He urged them to take criticism positively as it is within their democratic right to question their leaders.

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