@BusinessDaily

MCAs sitting perks halved to Sh422m after salary cuts

3 months ago, 16 Maý 17:32

By: Lynet Igadwah

Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) sitting allowances more than halved in six months to December, marking the biggest drop since onset of devolution.

Latest Controller of Budget (CoB) report shows counties spent Sh422.06 million on MCAs’ sitting allowance in the first half of the year, a 67 per cent drop from the Sh1.29 billion spent during a similar period a year ago.

This is the first the spending over a period of six months has gone below the Sh1 billion mark.

The drop is linked to their long absence during the August 8 General Election campaigns and the Salaries and Remuneration Commission’s (SRCs) review of perks and benefits of State officers in July.

“On aggregate the Counties reported a reduction in expenditure on MCAs sitting allowance by 67 per cent from Sh1.29 billion in a similar period of FY 2016/17 to Sh422.06 million,” said CoB Agnes Odhiambo in the report.

Each of the 2,253 MCAs took home an average of Sh62,445 per month in sitting allowances, down from Sh95,381 in a similar period a year earlier.

The ward representatives earned an average Sh82,712 a month in sitting allowances in their first year in office that ended June 2014. That amount rose steadily in the subsequent years to cross the Sh100,000 mark.

In July last year, SRC abolished MCAs’ mileage reimbursements, sitting allowances for plenary sessions and special responsibility perks.

This meant that the new crop of representatives elected on August 8 elections have no chance of using similar means to pick taxpayers’ pockets.

During the period under review, five county assemblies paid MCAs monthly sitting allowances in excess of the maximum Sh80,000 that the SRC has recommended.

“County Assemblies that reported higher expenditure on committee sitting allowance than the SRC’s recommended monthly maximum were Kakamega (Sh108,172), Samburu (Sh92,372), Turkana (Sh90,505), Tana River (Sh150,558) and Taita Taveta at Sh80,969,” said Ms Odhiambo.

This is up from three counties - Trans Nzoia, Murang’a and Homa Bay -that breached the limit of Sh124,800 that SRC had set in a similar period a year earlier.

In January, the High Court stopped the SRC, from implementing the 2017-2022 pay structure, that sought to slash MCAs pay from Sh165,000 to Sh144,375 a month.


Read More


Category: business corporate news lifestyle markets economy opinion

Suggested

18 hours ago, 14:38
@StandardMedia - By: Erastus Mulwa
Man accused of killing nephew for insurance cash detained

Ex-employee of an insurance firm accused of plotting the murder of his nephew in 2014 to benefit from his Sh9m life insurance has been detained ...

Category: business news
8 hours ago, 00:09
@StandardMedia - By: Macharia Kamau
Kenya stuck with costly electricity pacts with firms

Task force looking into agreements with IPPs says cancelling deals now would be too costly. ...

Category: business news
14 hours ago, 18:06
@BusinessDaily - By: Gerald Andae
Ugandan maize lowers flour prices to 6-year low

A two kilo packet of Kifaru is retailing at Sh86, Jimbi Sh84, Jogoo Sh9 and Soko Sh88. ...

Category: business news
14 hours ago, 18:38
@DailyNation - By: Benson Amadala   
Power restored to Mumias Sugar on payment deal

Butali Sugar Company MD Jayant Patel was elected the new Kesma chairman. ...

Category: business news
15 hours ago, 17:32
@BusinessDaily - By: Ivy Nyayieka
Chase customers brace for three-day outage in switch to SBM

The takeover has seen Chase Bank close some of its branches but the majority will be rebranded and re-launched on August 20. ...

Category: business news corporate
15 hours ago, 17:12
@DailyNation -
EA states seek to unlock stalemate over ATM link

Reaching a deal would lead to lower charges for transactions across the region. ...

Category: business news topnews

@BusinessDaily

MCAs sitting perks halved to Sh422m after salary cuts

3 months ago, 16 Maý 17:32

By: Lynet Igadwah

Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) sitting allowances more than halved in six months to December, marking the biggest drop since onset of devolution.

Latest Controller of Budget (CoB) report shows counties spent Sh422.06 million on MCAs’ sitting allowance in the first half of the year, a 67 per cent drop from the Sh1.29 billion spent during a similar period a year ago.

This is the first the spending over a period of six months has gone below the Sh1 billion mark.

The drop is linked to their long absence during the August 8 General Election campaigns and the Salaries and Remuneration Commission’s (SRCs) review of perks and benefits of State officers in July.

“On aggregate the Counties reported a reduction in expenditure on MCAs sitting allowance by 67 per cent from Sh1.29 billion in a similar period of FY 2016/17 to Sh422.06 million,” said CoB Agnes Odhiambo in the report.

Each of the 2,253 MCAs took home an average of Sh62,445 per month in sitting allowances, down from Sh95,381 in a similar period a year earlier.

The ward representatives earned an average Sh82,712 a month in sitting allowances in their first year in office that ended June 2014. That amount rose steadily in the subsequent years to cross the Sh100,000 mark.

In July last year, SRC abolished MCAs’ mileage reimbursements, sitting allowances for plenary sessions and special responsibility perks.

This meant that the new crop of representatives elected on August 8 elections have no chance of using similar means to pick taxpayers’ pockets.

During the period under review, five county assemblies paid MCAs monthly sitting allowances in excess of the maximum Sh80,000 that the SRC has recommended.

“County Assemblies that reported higher expenditure on committee sitting allowance than the SRC’s recommended monthly maximum were Kakamega (Sh108,172), Samburu (Sh92,372), Turkana (Sh90,505), Tana River (Sh150,558) and Taita Taveta at Sh80,969,” said Ms Odhiambo.

This is up from three counties - Trans Nzoia, Murang’a and Homa Bay -that breached the limit of Sh124,800 that SRC had set in a similar period a year earlier.

In January, the High Court stopped the SRC, from implementing the 2017-2022 pay structure, that sought to slash MCAs pay from Sh165,000 to Sh144,375 a month.


Read More

Category: business corporate news lifestyle markets economy opinion

Suggested

18 hours ago, 14:38
@StandardMedia - By: Erastus Mulwa
Man accused of killing nephew for insurance cash detained

Ex-employee of an insurance firm accused of plotting the murder of his nephew in 2014 to benefit from his Sh9m life insurance has been detained ...

Category: business news
8 hours ago, 00:09
@StandardMedia - By: Macharia Kamau
Kenya stuck with costly electricity pacts with firms

Task force looking into agreements with IPPs says cancelling deals now would be too costly. ...

Category: business news
14 hours ago, 18:06
@BusinessDaily - By: Gerald Andae
Ugandan maize lowers flour prices to 6-year low

A two kilo packet of Kifaru is retailing at Sh86, Jimbi Sh84, Jogoo Sh9 and Soko Sh88. ...

Category: business news
14 hours ago, 18:38
@DailyNation - By: Benson Amadala   
Power restored to Mumias Sugar on payment deal

Butali Sugar Company MD Jayant Patel was elected the new Kesma chairman. ...

Category: business news
15 hours ago, 17:32
@BusinessDaily - By: Ivy Nyayieka
Chase customers brace for three-day outage in switch to SBM

The takeover has seen Chase Bank close some of its branches but the majority will be rebranded and re-launched on August 20. ...

Category: business news corporate
15 hours ago, 17:12
@DailyNation -
EA states seek to unlock stalemate over ATM link

Reaching a deal would lead to lower charges for transactions across the region. ...

Category: business news topnews
Our App