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Nominated MP faults bid to scrap their positions

19 March 2014, 16:20 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - ODM nominated MP, Isaac Mwaura who represents people with disabilities has criticized a bill seeking to scrap positions of nominated legislators stating that it is a misguided attempt by their underperforming elected counterparts.

He alluded that elected MPs pushing for the bill feel threatened by their counterparts, well-performing  nominated MPs.

“It’s a fact that some elected Members of Parliament have failed to deliver to their electorates for the last one year and have now resorted to diversionary tactics of bringing a bill to scrap the position of nominated MPs,” said Mwaura.

Speaking at parliament buildings, Mwaura defended the nominated MPs saying they are also elected but by their various political parties.

“I worked for eight years to be nominated through ODM party; it’s actually difficult to be nominated than to be elected hence we demand respect from our elected colleagues,” noted Mwaura.

“Nominated MPs are not in parliament by mistake, we are elected through our political parties who had confidence in us," he added.

However, he refuted claims that nominated MPs are responsible for the ballooning wage bill noting that corruption, duplication of duties and wastage in government have immensely contributed to the swelling of the wage bill.

“This bill is misguided and it’s an excuse from the government for their underperformance for the last one year; let the President deal with corruption and the massive wastage in government to contain the ballooning wage Bill,” stated Mwaura.

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