Clamour for fat salaries, posh offices and top end classic cars by Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) and senators is turning out to be a blind alley as accountants join salaries and remuneration commission(SRC) and National Assembly to oppose the ‘greed.’
Institute of certified public accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) has joined the fray to oppose the agitation for increased perks as ‘unjustified,’ and uncalled for.
The institute has echoed concerns by the SRC which had said the push for more cash is unsustainable in the current economic status of the country that facings a huge wage bill.
It warned failure to control ballooning wage bill, the country should be prepared to experience stunted growth and unemployment caused by high aggregate demand, which will result in inflation.
ICPAK Chairman, Benson Okundi yesterday told journalists the agitation is not matching performance of the proponents-adding any increment has the potential to significantly impact on the country’s economy.
“Increased demand will lead to higher imports, and reduced competitiveness. In short, a higher wage bill is a perfect recipe for economic implosion on a macro-economic scale,” he said.
Okundi said the members still owe a lot to their subjects who are facing major challenges in improving their living standards.
“ICPAK does not support call for increased perks they should go back to the drawing board and begin focusing on their service delivery report card,” said Okundi.
“Water, sanitation and health are still a big challenge for many counties,” he added.
MCA’s and senator have strongly supported their move saying it would enable them efficiently serve their subjects and improve service provision.