The respected Homabay county youth front liner and political commentator Hon. Dan Opande has come to the defense of tough talking women representative Gladys Wanga who raffled feathers when she defended parliamentarians against the Sarah Serem – led SRC that has proposed drastic cuts to the legislators’ pay.
Speaking at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, where he has been attending a regional youth caucus, the youthful leader had this to say,
“Our people must not read this bold move in bad light and it is time we let go of hypocrisy.
Our women representative is a PSC commissioner, which in simple translation defines her as a unionist of members of Parliament among other roles. In so coming out boldly, she is just like a Sossion of KNUT or any other unionist fulfilling his or her duties not forgetting that in any setup, salary reduction is against the rule of economics wages; sticky downwards, and unconstitutional
Second, lobbying for the PSC slots are in top gear and as a sitting commissioner, her colleagues would judge her harshly if she sought another stint at the coveted position yet she had kept quiet during this time that their payslip was under attack.
Third, let us be fair to ourselves that the financial responsibilities and obligations on our leaders is quite hefty. From repaying campaign loans, maintaining the needs cast to them by their constituents, harambees and the now rising trend of blackmail by bloggers who wouldn’t miss any opportunity to insult with the hope of being appeased financially. They’re not at fault to defend their slips against reduction.
Fourth, The county women representative is in a clever way cushioning MPs against the temptation of gobbling up public coffers. Having cast the leaders as honest people who are sincere to defend their pay openly, she is reminding their conscience, in full public glare that their pay is all that they’re entitled to …and not any other monkey avenue like CDF money or any other corrupt deals.
To me, Hon.Wanga has made a bold and calculative mood.
Thumps up to her. ”
Hon. Opande further reaffirmed his personal commitment to improve the youths welfare, revealing though guardedly, that a lot of progressive projects for the youths are underway.