Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 hinted that he is regretting losing his position as the Senate Majority Whip, a position that is currently held by his Kiambu Counterpart Kimani Wamatangi.
The Murang’a lawmaker was ouster from his special position in the Senate in February, 2021 which also made him lose the privileges of being driven in a government vehicle and protected by many bodyguards.
In his statement, Kang’ata revealed that he yet to come to terms with the loss of Ksh. 500,000 as part of the salary that he earned as the Senate Majority Whip and a GK vehicle.
“I lost my many bodyguards, allowances totaling Ksh 500,000 per month, and a GK vehicle. Even me [sic] I am yet to understand. I think Tanga Tanga has some magic,” Kang’ata stated.
He was responding to claims that he had become Gatundu MP Moses Kuria’s personal assistant since joining Deputy President William Ruto’s camp.
The privileges and allowances Kang’ata used to enjoy have since been taken by his Kiambu counterpart Senator Kimani Wamatangi who replaced him as Senate Majority Whip.
Leaders in Parliament enjoy hefty pay packages including allowances, from committee heads all the way to both speakers Justin Muturi (National Assembly) and Ken Lusaka (Senate).
According to documents from the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), Muturi and Lusaka each take home a gross salary of Ksh1.155 million excluding allowances.
Deputy Speakers Moses Cheboi (National Assembly) and Margaret Kamar (Senate) are paid a gross salary of Ksh924,000.
Majority and minority leaders of both houses (Amos Kimunya and Samuel Poghisio) and (John Mbadi and James Orengo) each take home Ksh765,188.
Other Members of Parliament are entitled to a Ksh621,250 gross salary every month.
Heads of Departmental Committees earn Ksh8,000 per committee sitting which translates to about Ksh128,000 a month for a maximum of 16 sittings.
Other members of the committees get Ksh5,000 which adds up to a maximum of Ksh80,000.