Revised Salaries and Allowances for MCAs in Kenya
Revised Salaries and Allowances for MCAs in Kenya. Kenyan MCAs (Members of County Assembly) have a significant impact on county governance.
According to the Constitution, MCAs are tasked with specific tasks at the county level of government.
MCAs carry out three essential legal tasks: advocacy, legislation, and oversight.
For those who reside in their respective wards, they serve as the county’s representatives. The interests and concerns of their people are actively represented by them in the governance process.
Legislation that directly affects counties must be passed by MCAs or amended by them. To the county assembly’s legislative procedure, they are crucial.
MCAs are also in charge of the executive part of the county government. They ensure that the executive will be accountable for its actions, decisions, and resource usage.
Elections for MCAs take place every five years in conjunction with general elections.
Kenyan MCA salaries At the time being, MCAs are paid a monthly salary of Ksh. 144,375 in addition to a Ksh. 62,400 committee sitting stipend.
In the proposed budget for the 2023–2024 Fiscal Year, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) suggested increasing the gross salaries for MCAs to Ksh. 154,481 while maintaining the same sitting allowance.
The overall remuneration will grow by another Ksh. 164,588 in the following fiscal year, 2024-2025.
Kenyan MCAs’ Allowances
- Sitting allowance: Ksh 5,000 per session
- Monthly airtime: Ksh 5,000
- Ksh 40,000 per month for the mileage allowance;
- An average of Ksh 150,000 per month for per diems for domestic and international travel
Kenyan MCA applicants must meet the following requirements:
In order to be put forward for or chosen as a Member of the County Assembly, a candidate must meet a number of requirements.
i) The individual must be a voter in good standing.
ii) The applicant must satisfy any educational, moral, and ethical standards outlined in this Constitution or in a Parliamentary Act. One has two options:
(a) Be selected as a candidate by a political party,
(b) Have at least 500 ward-specific registered voters support you as an independent candidate.
One is ineligible to run for county assembly office if they meet any of the following criteria:
(a) Serves in a public office, such as that of a State officer or other official, but not as a county assembly member;
(b) Has served as an Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission member at any point in the five years prior to the election date;
(c) Has not been a citizen of Kenya for at least ten years prior to the election;
(d) Is mentally unsound;
e) Has not had their bankruptcy cleared;
(f) Is currently serving an at least six-month prison sentence; or
(g) Has been found to have violated Chapter Six or to have exploited or misused a State office or public office, according to any applicable legislation.