Nairobi MCAs demand monthly house allowance

Members of the Nairobi County Assembly have joined their counterparts in demanding housing allowance following a ruling by the High Court.

Majority leader Abdi Hassan has tabled a motion seeking to have all the city MCAs paid house allowances following the ruling by Justice Chacha Mwita.

In his ruling, Mwita said State officers are entitled to house allowance and denying some public officers similar benefits enjoyed by others is discriminatory.

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The MCAs want the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to set housing allowance for members.

“The house allowance should be implemented as of the date of the issue of the ruling,” stated Hassan through the motion.

Hassan who doubles up as Matopeni MCA argued that the office of the county assembly is strongly anchored as a fundamental component in the country’s administrative system and as such members are entitled to house allowances.

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He was concerned that there existed disparities within State offices within the republic on remuneration, terming it a violation of MCAs' rights.

The Majority leader further referred to a decision by the governing council of the County Assemblies Forum, stating that non-payment of housing allowance for MCAs is a breach of their rights.

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Nairobi has 124 MCAs.

According to data relayed by the SRC, they are entitled to Sh123,750 basic salary. If implemented, the MCAs will receive 15 per cent of their salaries as house allowance in line with the Employment Act.

This comes just days after Kakamega MCAs passed a motion awarding themselves a Sh45,000 monthly house allowance.

In the motion tabled by Majority Chief Whip Dickson Ombayo, the MCAs directed that the allowances be backdated to October last year.

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They urged the Executive to start paying their dues, failing which they would dissolve it.

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In his submission, Ombayo said the MCAs are already discriminated by the failure of the assembly to implement the court ruling, nine months after it was delivered.

MCAs from Nairobi and Kakamega said they are acting in line with a precedence set by the National Assembly, where MPs awarded themselves a Sh250,000 monthly allowance following the ruling.

Other county assemblies that have also adopted the motion to accord themselves housing allowances include Murang’a, Homa Bay, Isiolo, Garissa and Kakamega.

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