Kibwezi West MP proposes bill to parliament for village elders to be on government’s payroll

Kibwezi West MP Mwengi Mutuse has proposed a motion to the National Assembly seeking to include villages as another bottom layer of the national government structure.

Kibwezi West MP proposes bill to parliament for village elders to be on government’s payroll
Photo: Courtesy// Kibwezi West MP Mwengi Mutuse

Kibwezi West MP Mwengi Mutuse has proposed a motion to the National Assembly seeking to include villages as another bottom layer of the national government structure. In hi smotion, he proposes that thousands of village elders across the country should be enlisted on the government’s payroll and receive a salary as well.

The proposed motion, will also give village elders authority over security and general public administration of their units.

Photo: Courtesy// A section of village elders from the Mount Kenya Region in a past event

He urged the incoming cabinet secretary to consider his proposal of making the remuneration a permanent entitlement, not a benevolent act of the government in power that can be ignored by the next regime. This comes a day after Prof Kithure Kindiki, Interior CS nominee, said that his plan is to give room for his administration if vetted in to hold weekly meetings with Nyumba Kumi security teams with each officer receiving Sh500.

However, the present law only recognises a sub-location as the smallest unit of administration headed by an assistant chief.
The proposal seeks to amend Section 14 of the National Government Coordination Act of 2013 to expand the national government administration structure to include villages and appoint village heads.

"Despite the said village elders offering services to the public, they are not remunerated contrary to Article 41 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, on fair labour practices,’’ the proposed motion seen by the Nation reads in part.

If the motion is passed, the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government will gazette the existing villages as administrative units in line with the law.

In support of his motion, Mr. Mutise says that village elders do the bulk of public administration including helping chiefs and their assistants to run their units, providing security intelligence to government agencies, managing the Nyumba Kumi programme and solving local community disputes, among many other functions all for free.

“My proposal is for Parliament to pass the principle law but the technical details of their roles and salary scales will be determined by the Public Service Commission,’’ he said.