MP’s height of greediness and Impunity at the expense of tax-payer
08 October 2012, 11:32
Onto some bad news to the taxpayer and the ordinary citizen, once again the legislators that you and I sent to our August House have done it again; added a whooping KSh.2.1 billion taxpayer’s money as severance allowance to their already hefty package. A truly clear differentiation of ‘Mwenyenchi’ from ‘Mwanachi’.
What’s even more ridiculous is the fact that this new move comes days after the government reluctantly and partially addressed the issue of teacher’s grievances and the still ongoing doctor’s demands. The higher perks which were approved on Thursday night towards the dying minutes of the day’s activities shall see all the 222 Members including the House Speaker pocket a minimum package of 9.3 million come January next year when their term shall expire.
In relation to this, the Minister of Finance introduced 10 percent Excise Duty to be levied on all mobile money transfers operating in the country. What this means is that the mobile operators together with financial institutions such as the banks would stand a chance to pay more taxes to their services. Should the burden be shifted to the taxpayers, then that would be another interesting issue altogether to attempt to seek for answers. Also targeted on the increase of taxes are the brewing industries engaged in beer industry, wines and all other alcoholic drinks.
The man behind the amendments of the severance allowances is none other than Mr. Adan Keynan. Working hand in hand with him is the same Finance Minister who sought to assure the teachers that the government indeed had no funds to cater to their grievances. The Finance Bill 2012 was hurriedly approved and sneaked in the amendments awaiting the President’s assent. The MP’s now stand to receive house allowances, transport allowances, extraneous and duty allowances, entertainment allowances, constituency allowances and vehicle fixed allowances; All this applicable to all members, the House Speaker and the Attorney General.
Clearly, where are we headed to as a nation?
Are we going to make the same old mistake as electorates?
Would our President- an Economist- accent to the acrimonious amendments made by our greedy legislators? Mr. President, we know you’re patriotic to Kenyans and do put our interests first.
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