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MP calls for audit of Constitution

18 March 2014, 10:26 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Kieni Member of Parliament, James Mathenge (Kanini Kega) has said the new constitution needs to be audited as one way of reducing the ballooning wage bill.

Recently, the Deputy President William Ruto said the government uses more than 90 percent of the collected resources on recurrent expenditure, which Kega attributes to the many electoral representation posts created by the new constitution.

Addressing media at White Rhino Hotel in Nyeri town, Kega said Kenyans are over-represented in both the Senate and parliament.

“It is the high time the constitution was amended and scrap all these posts,” said the MP.

He noted that the Parliament will seek allocation of KES 80 million to audit the law saying that the exercise will check any anomalies in the constitution and also check on the cost of its implementation.

He explained that in the implementation of the constitution, there are cases of duplication of duties by various units of government and also incidences of collisions.

Kega cited the case of ward and sub-county administrators who are currently being employed by devolved governments stating that the officers are performing duties similar to those of provincial administrators.

The first term MP noted that currently there are about 1 300 elected Members of County Assemblies and another 800 nominated members to the assemblies terming this as an over-representation of wards.

He explained that the country’s economy cannot sustain payment of salaries to all the elected and nominated leaders in the various positions.

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