Kibwezi West Member of Parliament, Mwengi Mutuse, successfully petitioned his colleagues to pass a motion pushing the national government to pay village elders a monthly salary.
While acknowledging his colleagues’ effort, Mutuse stated that the MPs unanimously passed the motion, which was debated in the House.
"We now move to implementation. I’m happy the CS Interior Hon. Kithure Kindiki, as evidenced during his approval hearing is already aligned, save for the amounts and modalities," he stated.
National Assembly approved a motion on the Recognition and Remuneration of Village Elders after a short debate/
The Maendeleo Chap Chap MP urged the National Government through the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Administration to establish all existing villages as administrative units, recruit and recruit and enumerate the existing village elders as administrative officers.
He added that villages are well recognised as administrative units under Section 14 of the National Government Coordination Act No.1 of 2013.
The Act establishes an administrative and institutional framework for coordinating national government functions at the national and county levels of governance.
He also lamented that village elders are not paid, contrary to Article 41 of the Constitution on fair labour practices, despite offering services to the public.
Article 41 states, " Every person has the right to fair labour practices, to go on strike, to participate in the activities and programmes of an employers organisation, to form and join a federation.
"Uphold human dignity which includes remuneration for work done," he added.
"Village Elders do interact with citizens at the lowest level of the society hence their recognition is in the public interest, and their remuneration has been long overdue," he added.
He, however, did not disclose the amount that will be allocated to the village elders and whether it would be raised by taxpayers.