Governor Jackson Mandago has said the Council of Governors will propose a formula to scrap the senate and reduce the number of MP’s to reduce the wage bill.
He said the seats reserved for women in the National Assembly should also be abolished in a move he claimed is aimed at cutting costs.
Mandago spoke at 64 Stadium as he led the Kenya@50 celebrations. He said the calls by some senators to strengthen the senate were misplaced.
He said the functions of the senate should be transfered to the national and county assemblies. “The functions of the senate can effectively be performed by county assemblies. Instead of retrenching civil servants the senate should be done away with and number of MP’s reduced,” he said.
Mandago said the senators and women representatives were an extra burden to the taxpayers.
Mandago said governors want to save the government from financial collapse attributed to a choking wage bill currently standing at Sh458.7 billion.
Mandago’s remarks comes as the government announced a freeze in hiring and possible retrenchment after an evaluation is conducted to determine the optimal numbers required in public service.