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MPs increase own pay as 40,000 civil servants face the sack.

The Jubilee administration has plans to retrench at least 40,000 civil servants in the New Year as a way of tackling the public service wage bill. This sits in great contrast to MPs' determined effort to bring back higher pay packages for themselves.

Legislators have challenged the now-defunct Salaries and Remunerations Commission Kenya Gazette notice that reduced their salaries from Sh710,000 per month and scrapped their allowances on July 7 to court.

The SRC lowering of MPs' pay package came after a major evaluation of their work.

The MPs' restoration of their princely pay packages will see them paid hefty allowances from this month and retroactive perks.

Kenya's 416 MPs and senators will get paid more money until the case in court, which begins on January 29, is heard and determined.

As the 40,000 civil servants are retrenched and their tens of thousands of dependents suffer, they and other Kenyans will be watching the MPs feast on their self-awarded windfall.

The term 'MPigs with their snouts in the trough' will come powerfully to mind.

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Publication:The Star (Nairobi, Kenya)
Date:Dec 18, 2017
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