Kenyans surprised as MP Salasya reveals his net salary
By Joshua Cheloti
Kenyans on Twitter have been left surprised and others shocked after Mumias East Member of Parliament Peter Salasya revealed his net salary.
The controversial MP shared his pay slip, revealing that he took home a paltry, Ksh97,197 from a gross salary of over Ksh1.7 million.
While the legislator shared the payslip to counter Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s claim that the government was like a company that had shareholders, the usual hawk-eyed Kenyans wondered how most of the legislator’s salaries went to deductions.
“Let me demonstrate to Hon Aaron cheruiyot ,deputy prezda Gachagua my great friend CS Murkomen that all Kenyans have shares in this country. I CONTRIBUTE 300K plus to revenue and the president is the only our watchman for our contributions and its our right to ask for development,” Salasya said.
According to the payslip, the first-time legislator earned a Ksh426,000 basic salary and a Ksh134,000 administrative allowance.
He was also paid a House Allowance of Ksh150,000 and a sitting allowance of Ksh90,000.
Surprisingly, his total deductions were a whooping Ksh1,074,327 which includes Ksh337,840 for Pay As You Earn (PAYE) and Ksh563,000 mortgage contributions.
Here are some of the reactions from Kenyans to the Mumias East MP’s payslip.
“Unapata net salary kama ya mama mboga,” Kelly Joshua replied to the post.
“Kumbee net salo yangu ni mingi kukushinda,” another KOT Moses Koech said.
“Hahaaa deductions zimepita salary?” Ohuru wondered.
For Protij Manu, the Ksh97,000 net salary for the legislator was proof why MPs have been pushing to have the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF).
“97K only? No wonder MPs want CDF so badly!” Manu tweeted.
However, some of the Kenyans on Twitter wondered why an MP with over Ksh1.1 million gross salary was pay the same amount for NHIF as a Kenyan earning far less salary.
“Can we make this country fair to everyone? An MP earning over 1M pays the same NHIF contribution as a person employed in under 10K. Mind you, an MP has a medical insurance of 10M per year, while the employee under 20K is not guaranteed of medical insurance,” noted Mwaura Wambiru.