Newcomer parliamentarian, Gathoni wa Muchomba, has apologised to Kiambu residents for her remarks on the SRC’s move to slash MPs’ salaries.
On Wednesday, August 23, the newly-elected woman representative said she used a lot of resources in her campaigns and that she deserves more money.
She went on to tell NTV’s Trevor Ombija during the interview that leaders are elected because they are qualified and should not be turned into beggars.
“I deserve better pay. I need to look decent and honourable as a woman rep,” she noted, adding that she and other elected leaders will take care of the people’s interests including contributing at harambees.
The Salaries and Remuneration Commission should take good care of legislators, the former radio presenter said.
But residents in the county led by Ferdinand Waititu didn’t take her words kindly, they immediately launched a campaign to collect signatures to block her swearing-in.
But barely a day after sharing her sentiments, perhaps because of the attack, Gathoni said she was sorry for the pain her comments caused the people.
“I offer my sincerest apology to my party patron and President Uhuru Kenyatta, my fellow constituents, staff, family and especially all Kenyans who were offended by my comments,” she said on Thursday, August 24 as published in the Star.
This she said was after a thorough “deep soul searching” and because she is a God-fearing servant leader who realised she had let residents down.
Noting they put their faith in her, she promised to do everything in her power to learn from the “regrettable” mistake so as to regain their trust.
“I withdraw the comments and commit to continue to serve you diligently and abide by the SRC salary scales without question,” she added during the press statement.