Kenyatta Breaks Silence On MP Salary Fury
“I therefore urge Parliament to engage the Salaries and Remuneration Commission in a constructive manner with a view to resolving this matter,” said Uhuru in a statement released on Wednesday.
He said it is the expectation of the people of Kenya that independent constitutional institutions including Parliament respect the institutional arrangements and division of mandates in the country’s Constitution.
“This continuing paralysis is not in the national interest and it is imperative that this matter be brought to an appropriate and sustainable conclusion within the law,” he added.
He further asserted that for the avoidance of doubt, all state officers in the Executive will continue to abide by the determination of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.
Uhuru acknowledged the independence of our Parliament, but said that the Constitution explicitly mandates the Salaries and Remuneration Commission to set and review the salaries of all state officers.
Early this month, a group of demonstrators released pigs and poured blood on the pavement outside the gates of Kenya Parliament in Nairobi to protest a proposed law that would raise wages for parliamentarians.
Names of specific MPs were written on the bodies of some of the pigs. Police later on removed them however; at least 10 people were arrested.