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MP proposes KES 100 000 monthly pension for 1st term legislators

05 August 2015, 14:54 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – ODM nominated MP, Isaac Mwaura is pushing for a monthly pension award of KES 100 000 by the government to any legislator who has been in public service for one term.

Mwaura said the public view MPs as “walking ATMs” and take part in a lot of social welfare activities such as funerals and harambees to support their needy constituents where they end up not saving enough to sustain themselves and their families after leaving office.

His proposal contravenes the current law where MPs who have served two terms are eligible to pension calculated according to their initial monthly contribution, with a minimum pension of KES 80 000.

“When we get in politics, we are also employed and look at Parliament like any other job. MPs should not be seen as spendthrifts because they spend much in contributions to support their constituents and they should be given a pension of KES 100 000 after their term,” said Mwaura.

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He said he already presented the matter is before the National Assembly’s Budget and Appropriation committee chaired by Mutava Musyimi (Mbeere South) for consideration and plans to present similar proposal to the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC), the MPs’ main employer.

Mwaura pointed out that about KES 150 000 is deducted from their KES 800 000 monthly salary while KES 46 000 goes to their pension contribution and thus leaving them with little money for savings particularly after spending huge sums supporting their constituents.

For instance, he reiterated that if KES 10 billion allocated during the 2013/2015 financial year for the MPs' pension was properly invested, it would bring in more for PSC not to depend on the exchequer and relieve taxpayers the burden of paying MPs pension.

Kanduyi MP, Wafula Wamunyinyi was pushing a motion in Parliament seeking 1st term MPs to earn KES 100 000 after their term of service, a proposal Mwaura also supports.

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