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  • Monson appeals to Uhuru on son’s death
    ..Saturday, May 18, 2013 – 00:00 — BY MAUREEN MUDI

    THE case over the controversial death of a British aristocrat who died in police cells took a new twist after his father wrote to President Uhuru Kenyatta demanding that those responsible for his death be brought to book.

    In the letter dated May 11, Lord Nicholas Monson said there has been no serious official attempt to get to the bottom of what happened to his son, Alexander Monson on May 19 in Diani, South Coast.

    Monson said the family will institute a public inquest that will involve cross examining the three arresting officers and the officer in charge during the incident, if all other avenues fail.

    “Along with thousands of others whose relatives have been murdered, my family is deeply saddened. Does this spectacle harm confidence in Kenya? Of course it does,” he said.

    He said the formation of the Independent Policing Oversight Authority with the objective of investigating and prosecuting deaths in police custody, should be able to ensure justice is delivered.

    “Alexander’s case was on their ‘to do list’. We hope that this fledging institution will take wing but the public calls or resistance from the head of police, no less, are dismaying. If the investigation and prosecution does not materialise, we will not hesitate to initiate an inquest where lawyers appointed by the family will closely conduct cross examinations,” he added.

    The letter coincided with Uhuru’s visit to the UK over the summit on Somalia and it also comes days to the commemoration of his son’s first death anniversary.

    There had been reports that the deceased was found with canabbis sativa, but the family insists the three officers handcuffed him and escorted him to hospital, where he was chained as he received treatment.

    A postmortem report revealed that the deceased died from a blow to the back of his head which swell with blood until vital organs ceased to function.

  • MPigs take salary

    Salaries Commission and MPs strike pay deal
    By ALPHONCE SHIUNDU & NJERI RUGENE
    Posted Tuesday, June 11 2013 at 20:00

    MPs have agreed, for now, to take a monthly pay of Sh532,500 as proposed by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission. But they have asked for a special review from the commission to benchmark their pay with other parliaments in the Commonwealth.

    The decision, according to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission, is that aside from the salaries, the MPs will also get a Sh5 million car grant, and they will also earn pension as per the contributory scheme.

    The MPs will also smile because they will be paid a weekly mileage of Sh109 per kilometre up to a maximum of 750 kilometres. Those who travel beyond that distance will be paid at a rate of 70 per cent the rates as approved by the Automobile Association of Kenya, for all the extra kilometres.

    “Based on the cost-benefit analysis by SRC this was found to be a more viable option as opposed to Government providing chauffeur-driven vehicles to all the 416 Members of Parliament. Consequently the Commission confirmed that it is more cost effective to provide a one-off car grant of Sh5 million,” said an SRC statement sent to the Nation last night.

    Those who attended the meeting said the SRC was asked to drop its confrontational tone with the MPs, and the MPs too were asked to engage in meaningful discussion, rather than the threats of disbanding the salaries commission.

    It understood that President Uhuru Kenyatta sent the Deputy President William Ruto to the closed-door meeting at Continental House Nairobi to push the Parliamentary Service Commission to accept the salaries commission deal.

    While this may have implications on the doctrine of separation of powers, more so, between the Executive and the Legislature, the Parliamentary Service Commission acceded to the demands, because, their political bosses told them the issue had taken inordinately long.

    Those privy to the details of the meeting said the MPs had no other option because the push for Sh851,000 pay was not even on the table at the meeting.

    “The Commission has also taken into consideration that Members of Parliament are currently on a Defined Benefit contributory pension scheme and has therefore retained the same retirement benefits provision for the MPs,” the salaries commission noted.

    The SRC did not release any details about the agreed sitting allowances, especially for the House Committees and the sitting of the House.

    The PSC had wanted the salaries commission to double the sitting allowances for MPs from Sh5,000 to Sh10,000; raise the perks for the vice chairperson of a committee from Sh8,000 to Sh15,000; and double that of the chairperson from the current Sh10,000 to Sh20,000.

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