Parliament's plan to pay MPs extra KES 3.3B selfish, unpatriotic
23 February 2016, 10:11
Nairobi - Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has opposed a proposal by the National Assembly to pay legislators KES 3.3 Billion for the period their term will be cut short by the constitution.
The lawmaker on Monday termed the proposal by his colleagues to award themselves the billions as 'ludicrous, selfish and unpatriotic'.
"On average, the amount we now want to award ourselves as leaders would offer full day secondary scholarships to 700 kids from every constituency in this country," he said.
"It is good to make such decisions with the date of the next general election in mind. It is even better to make the decisions with the next generation in mind," said Kuria in a statement sent to newsrooms.
During a retreat of the House Business Committee in Mombasa over the weekend, the members noted that the term of the 11th Parliament will be less than five years, granted that the Constitution provides that the next General Election be held in August 2017.
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The MPs in the committee endorsed the plan to allow them to earn salaries as a compensation for the time they will not be in office. They resolved that the Parliamentary Service Commission ought to explore the possibility of a compensation mechanism for the shortened term.
There are 349 MPs and 62 senators in the country, with each earning at least KES 1million per month. For the eight months, each legislator will earn KES 8 million which cumulatively translates to over KES 3.3 billion.
The Gatundu South MP, who has been championing for the Punguza Mzigo campaign which seeks to reduce the number of elective positions in the country to save taxpayers money, said ordinary Kenyans should not be punished for what was enacted in the constitution.
"This mindset of leaders trying to divide this country among themselves like hunted game has to come to an end. It is the constitution which imposed the date of the 2017 General Election. Why punish Wanjiku for it?" he posed.
Kuria said when the proposal to award the MPs the perks will be brought to the House, he will move an amendment to reallocate the billions to a national bursary fund and a special fund for improving infrastructure in schools.
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