MCAs vow to boycott sittings next week over pay, tell off Malala

Association of Members of County Assemblies secretary-general and Naivasha East MCA Stanley Karanja at the Nakuru county assembly on April 5, 2023. [Kennedy Gachuhi, Standard].

"We thought that our demands for a ward fund would be among the discussions by the bipartisan committee from the government and the opposition but this has been ignored," he said.

Speaking in Naivasha after a consultative meeting, Viwandani MCA Mwangi Muraya hit out at Malalah saying the calls for better remuneration had nothing to do with the party.

The UDA MCA noted that none of their demands had been addressed by the government leading to the current impasse.

"The government is not taking our grievances seriously and we have resolved that all county assemblies shall adjourn indefinitely," he said.

This was echoed by Eburru-Mbaruk MCA Michael Gathanwa who said the move to slash their salaries was meant to kill devolution.

"We are not seeking for salary increase but for the reinstatement of our previous earnings which were slashed by SRC under unclear circumstances," Gathanwa said.

Lakeview MCA Alex Mbugua wondered why the government had refused to give MCAs pension yet other retired leaders benefited.

"The president, governors, senators, MPs and even women representatives have a fund allocated to them but for some unknown reasons the MCAs have been forgotten," he said.