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    Village elders should be paid on a monthly basis, MP proposed.

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    Mwengi Mutuse, a lawmaker from Kibwezi West, wants to introduce a resolution to force the National Government to officially recognize all existing villages as administrative divisions.

    As a result, village elders will be recognized by the state and given a regular income.

    The politician has said in a notice of motion that has not yet been submitted before the National Assembly that village elders engage with wananchi at the grassroots level, hence it is in the public interest to give them official status.

    In addition, he claimed that article 41 of the Constitution, which deals with fair labor practices, was violated since village elders are not compensated for the services they provide to the public and the government.

    As he put it, Article 10(2) (b) of the Constitution requires all state institutions and all state personnel to respect human dignity, which includes the right to fair compensation for one’s efforts.

    He also noted that the Cabinet Secretary for the Interior and National Administration, in consultation with the President and the Public Service Commission, has the authority to create administrative units within the national government and appoint administrative officers to serve under those units, as long as the appointments are published in the Gazette.

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