Gathoni Wa Muchomba apologizes for her pay rise remarks


Gathoni Wa Muchomba the embattled Kiambu Woman Representative-elect has apologized to President Uhuru Kenyatta and the people of Kiambu after the firestorm over her remarks on MPs pay rise.

The MP-elect who is also a radio personality with Kameme FM caused a firestorm after she defended the decision by MPs-elect not to accept pay cuts proposed by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.

She made the apology after Mr Kenyatta criticized MPs-elect and vowed not to support MPs’ move to raise their salaries if the Supreme Court validates his election.

“I want to make it publicly clear that my support for SRC on cutting salaries is not changing and should the Supreme Court rule in my favour, I swear I will not sign a bill some MPs plan to take to Parliament to contest the SRC recommendation,” said President Kenyatta.

“After deep soul-searching and as a God-fearing servant-leader, I realize that I have let down the people of Kiambu, who put their trust in me. I will do everything in my power to learn from this regrettable mistake and gain back their trust,” she said.

“Therefore, I withdraw the comment and commit to continue to serve you diligently and abide by the SRC salary scales without questioning.”

During an appearance on a talk show on NTV on Wednesday she insisted the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) commission should also slash their own salaries adding that she wants to be paid well for who she is.

” I want to be paid well. I want to be honored for who I am,” she said.

After the furore, she recognized that her words had created anger, rage and protests (and) and “I apologize for the pain I may have caused”.

She pleaded for forgiveness and asked Kenyans to ignore some fake social media accounts operating under her name and which are hurling insults at users.

Some residents of Kiambu had gone as far as asking her swearing in set to be on Thursday to be stopped and a recall effort to be started.