Senators are threatening to file a motion to remove Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) Chairperson Lynne Mengich from office. Responding to a statement That was sought by Mombasa Senator Mohammed Faki, the enraged Senators accused Mengich of double standards and rewarding herself with hefty perks in the latest salary review.
The Debate emanates from an SRC gazette notice announcing the third remuneration and benefits review cycle for fiscal years 2021/2022-2024/25.
Senators now claim that Mengich used the gazette notice to mock politicians while rewarding herself, citing that she set her car loan at Ksh.10 million compared to Ksh.8 million for the EACC chairperson.
Nyamira Senator Okongo Omugeni stated that the SRC chair has increased her salary to Ksh156,075 while the salary of Members of Parliament remains stagnant at Ksh710,000. Omogeni claimed that while MPs and other State officers can obtain mortgages of up to Ksh.35 million, Meng’ich has set herself a Ksh.40 million mortgage.
Also, Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua was not kind to Mengich, saying she had failed to be sensitive to the low-paid government officials.
“A motion has to be brought in this house and in the lower house to discuss the possibility of sending her home and actually disbanding that commission,” he said.
Tharaka Nithi Senator Julius Gataya said slashing out the allowances for the MCA, car loans, and mortgages is a crime against humanity. Gataya, who chairs the Delegated Legislation Committee, which is investigating Meng’ich’s behavior, said the SRC boss should be ‘disciplined’ because she is not above the law.
In July this year, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission eliminated plenary sitting allowances for Members of Parliament. The Salaries Commission published new salaries for elective positions across the country, as well as allowances for those who will hold the positions.