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Respect independent institutions – Ndeti 

Machakos Wiper Party gubernatorial aspirant Wavinya Ndeti addresses Mjini residents in Machakos town on July 11, 2017 during a series of her campaign rallies. She has called upon leaders to respect the autonomy of independent bodies. Photo by KNA




Machakos gubernatorial aspirant Ms Wavinya Ndeti is calling upon leaders to allow independent institutions carry out their functions without interference.

The Wiper party nominee says it was only by respecting constitutional bodies and giving them a free hand to execute their mandate that the country will be in a position to have free and fair elections come August 8th.

Speaking on Tuesday at the Machakos market during a series of political campaign rallies that covered eighteen stopovers within Machakos Central constituency, Ms Ndeti said it was wrong for politicians to tear into constitutional bodies like the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and Judiciary as this will erode public confidence in their work.

“Nobody has the authority to interfere with the work of independent bodies in this country as their roles are clearly spelt out in the constitution.

Political leaders should therefore desist from interfering with the work of IEBC and the Judiciary as this may compromise their legitimacy and erode public confidence as we head towards the general elections,” she said.

She has also applauded a decision by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission to slash salaries and allowances for top State Officers in a move aimed at taming the runaway wage bill and save the country approximately Sh 9 billion annually.

Ms Ndeti noted that with the reviewed perks, the government will now be in a position to channel more money to other vital functions such as development and service delivery to Kenyans as required by law.

She said she was ready to take the reduced pay once she clinches the governor’s seat in the coming polls.

Ndeti, who will be facing off incumbent Dr Alfred Mutua in the August elections has also promised to transform the lives of the area residents by pumping Sh 1.5 billion to help youths, women and men access low interest loans to start business.

“I sincerely laud the Salaries and Remuneration Commission for taking a bold decision in slashing salaries and allowances for state officers to enable the country direct money to essential services and development projects. Personally, I am prepared for the new reduced salaries once I come into office after the August elections,” she added.

The SRC on Monday released a new pay structure for more than 7,000 state officers, including the President that will see some of the hefty allowances and privileges currently being enjoyed by the officials taken away beginning in September.

Among the biggest losers in the restructured pay plan are MPs and County Ward Representatives who will now have to do without their hefty sitting allowances and car grants.

While announcing the revised wages, SRC Chairperson Sarah Serem cited economic factors such as Gross Domestic Product, ordinary revenue and public service wage sustainability as some of the factors that were considered in coming up with the new packages.

By Samuel Maina

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