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BY JOAN WANJIKU,NAIROBI,16TH JULY,2019-UAmani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi has castigated members of parliament for their recent advancement of seeking to award themselves more perks, following reports that they want night allowances.
The former deputy prime minister says the lawmakers are no-longer interested in serving the electorate but they are only keen on enriching themselves, despite difficult economic times facing the country .
“We are disturbed and many people are angry,” he said on Sunday, at a church service in Nairobi, “it is very dangerous for the country and this kind of greed is not healthy. They are setting the wrong example, and this example has now crept to the County Assemblies.”
The ANC leader described the MPs appetite for more perks as a ”shame”.
“That elected leaders continue awarding themselves hefty perks when ordinary Kenyans are struggling to meet basic needs like food and healthcare must be stopped,” he said.
Mudavadi said it is time Parliament respected the independence of existing institutions like the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) which is charged with the mandate of reviewing salaries for public and state officers.
“Where does this Parliament reside? because we know that there are high levels of unemployment, we know very well that Kenya is ailing from high public debt, our universities are underfunded, our hospitals are not getting medicine to serve the people but Parliament chooses not to tackle those issues but to talk about what allowances they can get, they are doing the Kenyan people a lot of dis-service,” he said, and accused the MPs of undermining entities mandated by the constitution to review salaries.
If their wish will be granted each member will go home with between Sh18,200 and Sh24,000 per night.It will be recalled that just recently,the same legislatures raised a storm for demanding Sh250,000 monthly house allowance.