The Star (Nairobi)

10 March 2014

Kenya: Duale Ready for Salary Slash

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MAJORITY leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale has said he will accept a 15 per cent pay cut on his salary if parliament fails to approve a bill that seeks to reduce MPs salaries.

He said he will initiate a bill in parliament that seeks to reduce membership of constitution commissions to hree to reduce the country s' wage bill. Duale was addressing journalists on Sartuday during the celebrations to mark International Women day.

He said if the National Assembly does not pass the bill then he will take a personal step to lower his salary. Duale said the county's Sh400 billion wage bill is not 'unacceptable'. He said there is need to cut down the money used on salaries and other amenities such fuel, cars and allowances.

Duale who is also the Garissa Township MP further said the national assembly would sit with the Sarah Serem led Salaries and Remuneration Commission during next week's conference on wage bill reduction convened by the president to discuss on how to reduce the wage bill that is threatening development in the country.

"The people of Kenya want to grow the economy, they need hospitals, schools, roads, we cannot pay all the money on salaries in expense of development, if parliaments fail to pass this bill then I will reduce my salary by 15%" said the lawmaker.

On her part Garissa women representative Shukran Gure said that it was unacceptable for the country to be paying huge sums of money on salaries at the expense of development. She said that she would personally support the bill and further welcome the idea of reducing their salaries.

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