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Daily Nation : February 24th 2014
DAILY NATION Monday February 24, 2014 BUDGET | Project seeks to find ways of reduding the wage bill Salaries team defends Sh187m plan Commission says the National Treasury was involved in decision to allocate funds for project BY JOHN NGIRACHU @JohnNgirachu firstname.lastname@example.org T he salaries commission has defended its request for Sh187 million to fund a project to collect views on ways to reduce the wage bill. The Salaries and Remunera- tion Commission (SRC) said the National Treasury was involved in making decision. The commission, however, said it would go ahead with the project even if its allocation is slashed by Sh100 million as MPs make changes to the Supplementary Budget. Members of the Finance and Budget SRC chairperson Sarah Serem: Her commission says it will go ahead with project even if their budget is slashed. Budget committee chairman Mutava Musyimi: His team to present recommendations on mini-budget. committees have reportedly criticised the SRC’s request for Sh187 million to fund the four-phase project to develop ideas on how to tackle the wage bill. The Treasury has allocated the commission Sh170 million in the Supplementary Budget for the project. “The commission is not working COMMEMORATION | Scouts mark Founder’s Day Scouts from various schools march through Nyeri town as they headed to Kabiru-ini Showground for the commemoration of the Scouts Founder’s Day on Saturday. JOSEPH KANYI | NATION Mavoko MP Patrick Makau: He says legislators are jittery their salaries could again become the subject of debate. alone and consulted with various government offices including National Treasury to see how best to implement the activities,” SRC said in response to questions by the Nation. When they met the SRC behind closed doors on Thursday last week, members of the Budget and Appropriations Committee were reported REACTION Bid to reduce the wage bill to have been alarmed by the commission’s request yet its principal aim is to reduce recurrent expenditure. Budget Committee chairman Mu- tava Musyimi told MPs last week he would present the team’s recommendations in a report on the mini-budget on Tuesday. “The Commission is determined to carry on with its plans to hold the debates and all the activities it has lined up. We cannot afford postponing it,” the SRC said. In the House last Thursday, Mavoko MP Patrick Makau spoke of legislators’ jitters that their salaries could again become the subject of national debate. “Today I was very happy with the chairman of Budget when we saw the SRC asking to Sh170 million to do a conference to talk wage bill. This is promoting again the debate on MPs’ salaries,” he said. Dubbed the wage bill project, the forum is structured in four phases from January through June. National News 9 BRIEFLY NAIROBI Tobiko sets up team to improve prosecution The Director of Public Pros- ecution has constituted an inspection team that will ensure the quality of prosecution across the country is of high standards. Mr Keriako Tobiko noted that his office was determined cut down on delays in prosecution so that there is justice in the courts. Mr Tobiko. He said that his office was in talks with salaries commission so as to improve working terms for prosecutors. NAIROBI 30 Saccos risk closure for low capital base At least 30 Saccos risk closure if they do not meet statutory capital requirements in the next four months. The Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority chairman, Mr Peter Owira, said that 140 of the 220 Saccos had raised their capital to 10 per cent of assets as required, 50 were struggling, but the 30 were not likely to make it. He was speaking on Saturday during the Nation Sacco AGM. NAIROBI Lobby roots for youth to run Uwezo fund Youths should be appointed to vet young people who qualify for Uwezo Fund, a lobby said yesterday. The National Association of Youth Enterprises (Naye) secretary general Eric Muturi Mungai yesterday said those appointed should also be people with business experience. MPs passed rules governing the fund last week and each constituency will get at least Sh19 million. Two Kenyans held hostage in Somalia BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Two Kenyan engineers work- ing for a construction company in Mogadishu have been abducted by gunmen believed to be Somali pirates. Seafarers Union of Kenya secretary-general Andrew Mwangura (right) further said the gunmen have demanded a ransom of $1 million (Sh86 million) to free their hostages. “Additional information says that unknown militia from Habargidir (Ayr) abducted them and demanded ransom from the family of the two Kenyan engineers, insisting on $1 million to set them free,” he said. Mr Mwangura said the Ken- yans were working for African Construction Company. He, however, said they are yet to get the names of the Kenyans, who were kidnapped on January 12 in Hodan District within the Somali capital Mogadishu. The Kenyan seafarers boss said a number of Kenyans working in Somalia have confirmed reports about the abduction. “There are many Kenyans working in Somalia as carpenters, electricians, plumbers and engineers, among other jobs. We were just informed that two Kenyan engineers were taken hostage last month,” said Mr Mwangura (above) in an interview with the Nation. He added: “The moment we get their names through our contacts, we shall trace their homes in Kenya and their families to get more information.” He said the two are currently under captive in the piratesinfested Galgaduud region of Harardhere District.
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