SRC to recover MPs' Sh830m house perks
SEE ALSO :Naivasha status to be reviewed by SRCThe commission now says it will move to court to challenge the new allowances. “This unconstitutional action by Parliament to pay MPs and senators a house allowance of Sh250,000 monthly will cost taxpayers an extra Sh104 million every month. This will translate to Sh1.2 billion annually,” she said. Gross pay Mengich insisted the MPs' gross pay, as set by the commission, includes allowances. She said other State officers are not paid house allowances outside their gross pay. “The Cabinet Secretaries (CSs), Principal Secretaries (PSs) and the Chief Administrative Secretaries (CAs) do not have house allowance. MPs enjoy house allowances as part of the gross pay,” said Mengich.
SEE ALSO :Fury as MPs feast on your taxes againShe refuted claims by MPs that CSs, PSs and CAs enjoy extra benefits for hosting foreign guests in their residences. “We are not targeting any State officer. The perks are not itemised but consolidated under the gross pay,” she said. Mengich was at pains to explain why governors and deputy governors are entitled to the perks, but not MPs. “We have specific State officers who are entitled to house benefits. Governors and deputy governors are entitled to official residence. MPs get travel allowance to visit constituencies,” she said. She said legal steps had been taken to have the house allowances paid to MPs returned to the Exchequer.