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COUNCILLORS DEMAND HUGE SALARY PAY IN KENYA

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Councillors will use the referendum campaigns to mount pressure on Government to increase their pay. The councillors under the umbrella of Association of Local Government Authorities of Kenya (Algak) said they would support the Proposed Constitution on condition their salaries would be reviewed. Algak national chairman Taraiya ole Kores said since the Government agreed to hike teachers’ pay, councillors would demand similar treatment when they meet Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Local Government Minister Musalia Mudavadi on Friday in Nairobi. He said councillors, council chairpersons and mayors want to be paid between Sh100,000 and Sh150,000 allowances per month up from the average Sh15,000 and Sh30,000. Kores said they also want the night out allowances to be raised from Sh5,000 per night to Sh15,000 saying they also deserved to live decent lives like the MPs. He spoke after several mayors and council chairpersons raised the issue with Local Government Assistant Minister Lewis Nguyai during a workshop for mayors and chairpersons from about 90 councils at a hotel in Mombasa, Tuesday. Nguyai said he backed the move since the civic leaders play a ‘major role at the grassroots’. "There is no politician who is more challenged than a councillor. You spend your resources even on burials in the villages while MPs spend good time in Nairobi," Nguyai said to applause from the councillors. The assistant minister said the Ministry of Local Government was pushing for the establishment of a Local Authorities Service Commission to ensure recruitment of qualified personnel and pay review in local authorities. "At the moment, there is a posting committee in the ministry. The commission will look into terms and conditions of all local authorities employees," he said. The councillors also discussed how the Millennium Development Goals and Vision 2030 objectives could be achieved.

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