Serem: The lady who stung Mps with the bug of pay cuts
SEE ALSO :MPs now slash SRC budgetSerem’s decision was later considered abrasive after it turned out that her salary review meant that the hefty sitting and mileage allowances that were enjoyed by the members of parliament would be history. What ensued was mixture of applause and condemnation. Some Kenyans thought of salary review at the height of electioneering period as political gimmick that Jubilee party wanted to exploit. However, there are those who considered Serem’s decision as timely and relevant in salvaging the public resources. Legislators on their part castigated Serem by terming her decision as majorly witch-hunt. While she tied her decisions to the pressing needs to cut the government expenditure, most legislators faulted SRC for ‘trying so hard to make them poor.’ Homa Bay Women County Representative Gladys Wanga who was a member of the Parliamentary Service Commission took a swipe at the Serem-led commission after the August 8 election for slashing their salaries, adding that they have lots of responsibilities on their plate. “A member we know has two work stations, one is the constituency and another in parliament here. When you say that a member cannot be provided with a grant to buy a vehicle perform his or her functions then you are being unfair,” stated Wanga.
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