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SRC wants MPs to pay back the ‘illegal’ house allowance

Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) is set to move to court to stop payments of Members of Parliament (MPs) house allowance.

SRC has termed a move by the Parliamentary Service Commission to pay the MPs Ksh250,000 monthly allowance as illegal.

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The commission chairperson Mrs Lyn Mengich said its the mandate of SRC to review the salary and allowances of lawmakers and not PSC.

“Article 260 of the Constitution categorizes Members of Parliament as State Officers and as such, determination of their remuneration and benefits is the exclusive responsibility of SRC. Payment of any remuneration and benefits, which have not been set or advised by SRC is in violation of the Constitution” said Ms Mengich.

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Mengich said if allowed, the move will open spiral of demands from other state officers.

She further says the payment is a duplication of benefits already included in the gross pay as stipulated under the Gazette Notice No. 6517 of 2017.

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