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Boniface Mwangi: I will take pay cut if elected MP

Activist Boniface Mwangi has promised to take a 50 percent salary cut in the event he is voted to Parliament during the August General Elections.

In a long Facebook post, the former photojournalist, who is eyeing the Starehe Constituency seat, also described himself as a patriot, activist and change maker.

He urged President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga to make the pay cut “agenda” part of their manifestos to curb high government spending.

“It doesn’t make sense to spend more than Sh108 billion per year on salaries and allowances for 67 senators, 349 members of the National Assembly and 2536 members of the County Assembly. Kenyans are overrepresented and l shall push for the reduction of the number of MPs and MCAs,” Mwangi wrote.

PAY OFF PACKAGES

Mwangi also promised to advocate for a reduction of “unreasonable medical cover” and sitting allowances¬†provided to legislators.

This declaration incidentally comes at a time Kenyan legislators are seeking hefty pay off packages to coincide with the end of their terms in office.

The move also comes six months after Budalangi lawmaker Ababu Namwamba tabled a motion at the National Assembly seeking to have state officers earning huge salaries take a 50 percent pay cut in a move he said was meant to arrest the run-away wage bills.