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Salary cut for MPs to up teachers' pay

By By Job Weru | September 11th 2012

By Job Weru

Mathira MP Ephraim Maina has suggested that all high-ranking public servants including MPs should get a pay cut to facilitate the pay rise for teachers and other state employees.

Maina said it was unfair for parliamentarians and other top civil servants to continue earning huge salaries at the expense of other workers.

“We need to be fair to all Kenyans. There is no justification as to why top civil servants and MPs continue earning huge salaries while the teachers who toil so much earn peanuts,” Maina told a meeting at his Lusoi home in Nyeri.

“At this time when the cost of living is very high how can a teacher survive on Sh15, 000 a month? We need the government to come up with proposals to solve the situation,” added Maina.

He called on fellow MPs and other highly paid civil servants to allow the government to slash their salaries, saying would be the only way to enhance equity.

“With the new dispensation, we should take every concern for all people. I urge MPs to join me and we handle this issue once and for all since after all, it is the poor people’s children who are suffering,” said Maina.

He lamented that low salaries have turned teachers to laughing stocks, since they are not even able to cater for household needs.

“It is a shame that some house helps earn more and lead more comfortable lives than teachers,” said Maina.

The legislator said he would this week raise a motion to discuss the stalemate between teachers, lecturers, doctors and the government.

He also warned Education Minister Mutula Kilonzo to swallow his pride and address the issue with the seriousness it deserves.

He said days are gone when the government or authorities intimidated and threatened their workers with sacking.

“The minister should understand that we have a new constitution which also allows oppressed workers to strike,” said Maina.

“How then can a minister claim he will sack teachers while everyone is aware that teachers have been suffering,” he asked.

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