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Haki Africa The proposed names for 10 new counties [FULL LIST]

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Your county could be split into two going forward.

play Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid during a press conference at their offices on March 8, 2018. (Courtesy)

Haki Africa, a lobby group on Thursday proposed the reduction of counties from 47 to 10, and equally reduce the salary of governors to Sh300,000  a month.

The new proposal wants the eight provinces retained, and that former Rift Valley and Eastern Provinces should be split into upper and lower counties – Upper Rift Valley, Lower Rift valley, Lower Eastern and Upper Eastern Counties - in a bid to reduce the ballooning wage bills.

If effected the full list would be:

  1. Nairobi County,

  2. Coast County,

  3. Nyanza County,

  4. Western County,

  5. Eastern County,

  6. Central County,

  7. Upper Rift Valley County,

  8. Lower Rift Valley County,

  9. Lower Eastern County and

  10. Upper Eastern County

Consequently the lobby group has said, IEBC should consider the proposal in its role to review boundaries which is set for next year, in preparations for the 2022 elections.

Pay cut

The group now wants the current crop of political leader to take a huge pay cut and that each MP should earn not more than Sh200,000 and that the 10 governors should get at most Sh300,000 each.

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"We are utterly disturbed by the huge wage bill and continued extravagance of politicians in the country. Over Sh35 million is spent on MPs' meals and accommodation, over Sh12 million on flights and more than Sh20 million on allowances,” said Haki Kenya Executive Director Mr Hussein Khalid.

The lobby group, on the other hand, has demanded an increase in the number of special interest MPs to a tune of 30, in addition to the 120, to technically make it 150.

Currently, every MP earns a basic salary of about Sh740,000 but with allowances, the amount goes to more than Sh1 million per month. Governors earn a monthly basic pay of Sh1.11 million.

"If you add the costs of fuel, bodyguards, chauffeurs and other aides who were also around, [you will find that] Kenyans paid more than Sh100 million,” the Dircetor said.

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