By David Muchui
The County Representatives decision was also fueled by demands that they be given a Sh3 million grant for purchasing vehicles.
In a motion presented by Majority Leader Ayub Bundi, they said that County assembly business will be kept on hold until the SRC and relevant authorities addressed their grievances.
According to Meru County assembly Speaker Joseph Kaberia, County representatives deserve better and adequate salaries to perform.
“The assembly has adjourned indefinitely because the SRC is not heeding to calls for better salaries, County Representatives have been undermined because they are the least paid elected leaders,” Kaberia said.
He said it would be hard for devolution to take place when the representatives concerns were not addressed.
Supporting the adjournment motion, Mwangathia Ward Representative Julius Mbijiwe said commuter and house allowances should be factored in their pay to enable them perform well.
“It is quite strange that though our qualifications for election were similar to those of MPs and Governors, accommodation and housing allowances are not provided. We cannot manage the enlarged wards with the slashed pay,” he argued.
Abogeta East Representative Gideon Kimathi who is also the Deputy Speaker complained that they have not been paid for the last two months despite having started working.
“The failure by the commission to address our welfare will kill devolution. It is unfortunate that instead of addressing the issue, SRC has been corrupted by power and resulted to lip service. We will resume house business once this is resolved,” said the deputy speaker.
All the 45 County Representatives supported the motion vowing to stall the County Assembly business as long as is necessary.