SRC Drastically Cuts Pay for New MPs & MCAs

How canceled special sitting could cost Kenyans
Members of Parliament during a session in the 12th Parliament.

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has scrapped car grants and allowances for Members of Parliaments (MP) and Members of County Assemblies (MCA) who will assume office after the August 9 polls. 

Chairperson Lyn Mengich announced on Thursday, July 28, that the sitting and mileage allowances were also abolished. 

All speakers and County Executive Committee Members (CECs) will also be subjected to the new guidelines. 

“Sitting allowance for plenary sessions in Parliament and County assemblies is abolished and ceases to be payable,” Mengich stated. 

Salaries and Remuneration Commission chairperson Lyn Mengich
Salaries and Remuneration Commission chairperson Lyn Mengich

She further explained that the commission was ready for a lawsuit from the lawmakers who successfully fought a similar directive in 2019. 

Should the incoming politicians file lawsuits, SRC indicated it would defend its decision in court on the basis that it announced the new directive before the MPs and MCAs could get to the office on new contracts. 

Under the new reviews, the President will earn Ksh1.4 million inclusive of house and commuter allowance.

The deputy will earn Ksh1.2 million. Cabinet Secretaries and Attorney General will both earn Ksh924,000 inclusive of all allowances. 

Speakers of the National Assembly and Senate will both earn gross salaries of Ksh1.1 million.

Their deputies will earn Ksh928,000 respectively. An MP and Senator will each earn Ksh710,000. 

An MP shall be provided with a motor vehicle reimbursement of Ksh7.5 million for the purchase of a car of engine capacity not exceeding 3000cc.

Car maintenance allowance shall be paid to MPs at the rate of Ksh356,525 per month.

They will also be reimbursed a claimable mileage of one return journey per week at the rate of Ksh116.63 per kilometre, based on a car of engine capacity not exceeding 3000cc.

President Uhuru Kenyatta greets DP William Ruto at Parliament Buildings in Nairobi County during the 18th Annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, May 27, 2021

The Speaker of the County Assembly will take home Ksh525,525, a car loan worth Ksh4 million and enjoy a mortgage of up to Ksh20 million. 

The deputy will earn Ksh216,563, a car loan of Ksh2 million and a mortgage of Ksh3 million. 

An MCA will get Ksh144,375 and enjoy similar packages as the deputy speaker.