I didn’t ask for it, I don’t need it, says Sifuna over salary increment

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Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna has said he does not need a salary increment.

His sentiments come following a proposal by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to increase salaries and other benefits for Members of Parliament and other state officers.

Taking to his social media platforms, the Nairobi Senator and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Party Secretary General said he did not want the increment.

“The SRC is proposing to add me 14k on my salary. I didn’t ask for it. I don’t need it. It’s still money, in a country where many have no income, but for perspective, I pay close to 300k in income tax every month,” wrote Sen. Sifuna.

“I will not fight for 14k extra when the whole country is saying we need to lessen taxpayer burden,” he added.

Other leaders who disagreed with the increment include Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino who wrote “MPs and other state officers should not be added even a coin. It’s sad to increase salary while Kenyans have no jobs, Kenyans have no capital to start businesses, Kenyans have no money to pay school fees or medication. Say NO to salary increment.”

Meanwhile, Eldas MP Dr. Adan Keynan said the move by SRC to increase salaries spoke of a state agency that has lost touch with the prevailing economic state of the country.

“This unwarranted action by the Mrs. Lyn Mengich-led commission is grossly insensitive, tone-deaf and should be loudly condemned and unequivocally declined,” said Dr. Keynan.

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