Nairobi, August 24, Gathoni wa Muchomba, the Kiambu Woman Representative elect has found herself in trouble following her remarks on salary raise. During an interview on a national television, Gathoni seemed to play the same tune with Gladys Wanga, the Homa Bay Woman Representative, on reversing the MPs salary cut up to Sh710,000.
Wa Muchomba – a former Radio and TV host – warmed the hearts of many fans over the years as a career journalist and presenter before venturing into politics. Popular she was that during the August General Elections, she garnered 922,829 votes coming third countrywide in popularity after President Kenyatta and NASA flag-bearer Raila Odinga.
But as unpredictable as life can be, the tide has turned in against the legislator. Her remarks received great criticism especially from the Kiambu constituents who felt betrayed. Whereas salary rise is synonymous with the duties of the occupants of August House, Kiambu residents seem to have hoped a different approach from their representative.
Calls to recall Gathoni wa Muchomba quickly spread far and wide with some sections vowing to collect signatures in a bid to impeach her. On her part, Gathoni has remained adamant that as a legislator, she deserves a decent salary. Other constituents promised to kabogolize her come 2022 referring to the one-term leadership of the first Kiambu Governor William Kabogo.
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The call by Gladys Wanga did not go well with majority of Kenyans who saw the bid for salary increment as a selfish act. Many cited that there were more pressing matters that needed to be addressed including the nurses strike that has been ongoing for over 100 days. Others noted that the average Mwananchi survives on less than Sh5,000 a month compared to the Sh621,000 that MPs are set to pocket.