News highlights – August 24 – 2017 – MPs plot to throw out Sarah Serem salary cuts.

News highlights – August 24 – 2017 – MPs plot to throw out Sarah Serem salary cuts.

MPs plot to throw out Sarah Serem salary cuts

Even before they take the oath of office, MPs are plotting how to reject the new salary structure that substantially reduces their salaries and allowances and have the old figure retained. The lawmakers through the Parliamentary Service Commission have accused the Salaries and Remuneration Commission of unfairly targeting them in its efforts to slash the public wage bill. The move is likely to put them on a collision path with President Uhuru Kenyatta who has thrown his weight behind the salary reductions of state officers introduced by the SRC chaired by Ms Sarah Serem. Homa Bay Woman Representative-elect Ms Gladys Wanga, who is a member of PSC, accused the salaries commission of embarking on a mission to drastically reduce MPs’ pay and allowances without having carried out a job evaluation exercise as required by the Constitution.

Stop public comments on the presidential petition; Supreme Court orders

The Supreme Court has warned President Uhuru Kenyatta and National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga to stop commenting on the presidential election petition before them in public. The warning came against the backdrop of increased public discussion on the petition, with both National Super Alliance (NASA) and Jubilee Party politicians taking sides on the merits of the petition before it is heard by the judges. The judges will have none of this. “The court is fully seized of the petition and as such Mr Odinga and his co-petitioner Kalonzo Musyoka, Mr Kenyatta and the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission including their agents, advisers or supporters are advised to stop prosecuting the case in public,” they said. The judges tasked lawyers representing various parties to advise their clients on the consequences of their public utterances touching on the case which, they warned, undermined the court’s authority.

Man who killed two police officers in Kiambu surfaces 

A man has been arrested after he walked into a church in Ngong, and confessed to a pastor that he was among those who killed two police officers in Kiambu last week. The suspect is being interrogated by police in Kiambu to establish if his claims are true. He went to the church on Tuesday and told a pastor he and his three accomplices shot dead constables Martin Irungu and Paul Maina of Kibichoi Police Post and stole a gun from one of them. The weapon is yet to be recovered. Ngong police boss George Seda, the pastor asked police to come and talk to the suspect and hear if what he was saying was true. “The suspect has confessed many issues and he claims he was among those who killed the two officers in Kibichoi. He claims he has been on the run over fears he would be killed,” said Seda.

 

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