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MPs in fresh pay hike plan

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MPs are now pushing for a pay rise before their perks are taxed as they rollup their sleeves to execute their fight-back plan against the taxman and the Executive.Parliament’s Budget Committee has sneaked in a clause calling on the government to implement the recommendations of the Akiwumi Tribunal report that proposes that their pay to be increased to Sh1.1 million per month from the current minimum pay of Sh851,000 per month.In the Budget report tabled in the House on Thursday, the MPs are categorical that the “Akiwumi report be operationalised”.In the cheeky recommendation, the MPs have also roped in former MPs whom they want paid USD1,000 (Sh90,000), because the MPs are “convinced of the imperative need to address the pathetic condition of most of the MPs”.The MPs say the pension is at the rate prescribed for all MPs in the Commonwealth.With most of the MPs knowing that their chances of re-election in next year’s poll are low, the MPs want a soft landing and they propose that the law be amended so that even those who have just served for one term become eligible for a monthly pension.

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