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Three Parliamentary committees risk disbandment

01 August 2015, 10:18 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – National Assembly’s Education, Transport and Budget committees risk disbandment after 51 members allegedly allocated themselves KES 40 million each for projects in their constituencies.

National Assembly Deputy Minority Leader, Jakoyo Midiwo who revealed the saga, said the MPs’ decision of secretly allocating themselves KES 3 billion in the 2014/2015 financial year then KES 2 billion in the current financial year in favor of their constituencies is unlawful.

“We had earlier warned the Budget committee against allocating itself the money but they defied and did it secretly. This is criminal and the three committees will eventually be disbanded after holding a kamukunji (an informal meeting) next week,” said Midiwo.

Midiwo further pointed out that the responsible MPs particularly those in Budget and Appropriation committee abused privileges granted to them by the House Standing Orders in discharging their duties through engaging in selfish practices for personal gains.

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“There is even a Chair of committees mentioned who is building a big hospital than the Nairobi Hospital in this city worth billions of shillings. I cannot reveal who the chair is and I leave the media to investigate because the money could have been gotten through such unlawful means,” said Midiwo.

He added that just the same way Public Accounts committee was disbanded after engaging in unlawful corrupt practices, the three committees will follow suit and member replaced by new ones.

Sabina Chege (Murang’a County MP) chairs the Education committee, Mutava Musyimi (Mbeere South) chairs the Budget and Appropriation committee while Maina Kamanda (Starehe) chairs the Transport committee.

Although the Budget committee masterminded the irregular allocation of the KES 5 billion by arm-twisting Treasury Cabinet Secretary to agree to their demand, Midiwo said Transport and Education committees will have to face disbandment for offering preferential treatment to the Budget committee.

He revealed that the 51 beneficiary MPs had committed the allocations to infrastructure, bursaries and Early Childhood Development education which he said was a devolved function.

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