Budget chief names MCAs with highest sitting allowances

Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Trans Nzoia ward representatives received the highest sitting allowances in the six months to December while their Vihiga counterparts were the least paid, according to a new report that shows how devolved units blew Sh1.2 billion on meeting fees.

Half-year data from the Controller of Budget (CoB) shows that on average, each of the 40 members of the county assembly (MCA) in Trans Nzoia’s was paid Sh158,893 per month.

Their 40 counterparts in Vihiga earned Sh20,712 per month as counties in the North Eastern region generally spent the least on sitting perks relative to other devolved units.

Muranga’s 52 MCAs took home Sh135, 020 while their 64 counterparts in Homa Bay were paid an average of Sh127, 747 in monthly sitting allowances.

Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo noted that three counties paid meeting perks above the set monthly cap of Sh124, 800. The cap was set by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).

“Three County Assemblies reported higher monthly average expenditure on MCAs’ sitting allowances than the SRC’s recommended monthly maximum of Sh124, 800.

These are Trans Nzoia at Sh158, 893, Murang’a at Sh135, 020 and Homa Bay at Sh127, 747,” she said.

On average, each of the country’s 2,274 MCAs pocketed Sh95, 381 in sitting allowances in the period under review.

Other top spenders include Turkana (Sh124,186), Siaya (Sh124, 113), Samburu (Sh122, 546), Garissa (Sh116, 259) and Kakamega (Sh115,182).

Besides Vihiga, other low spenders were Isiolo (Sh47, 128), Kajiado (Sh47, 651), Mandera (Sh50, 805) and Wajir (Sh54,809).