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Taxpayers dig deeper for MP grants

18 October 2013, 14:51

Nairobi - Taxpayers will bear the biggest brunt in funding the monthly rentals of Members of Parliament who do not have offices.

This follows a resolution the House passed earlier this week ordering that such legislators each receive KES 75 000 as grant for rentals.

There are 133 MPs government has not secured offices for.

As such, taxpayers will fork about KES 10 million per month.

On Wednesday, after the House failed to raise a quorum to discuss pertinent business, some members blamed their lateness on the fact that they worked from their homes.

The Speaker Justin Muturi made a resolution that each member without an office will receive the monthly pay of KES 75,000 to cater for rent until the Parliamentary Service Commission allocated them offices.

Samburu West MP, Jonathan Lelit, slammed the developments.

“I am one of the victims. The Parliamentary Service Commission has treated the matters of the offices far too casually. This issue of the offices ought to have been foreseen four years ago,” he said.

He added that the government ought to have built some more offices immediately after the promulgation of the new constitution that increased the number of the MPs from 210 to 349.

The setback comes at a time when Kenyans are still grappling with the effects of the newly-introduced value-added tax (VAT) that saw an increase in the prices of most basic commodities.

– CAJ News


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