11 January 2013

Kenya: Out-Going MPs Award Themselves Hefty Gratuity

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Parliament (file photo).

Nairobi — As curtains draw on the life of Kenya's tenth parliament ahead of the 2013 General Elections, the out-going Members of Parliament (MP's) have awarded themselves a hefty send-off gratuity of Ksh 9.3 million each, and other luxurious benefits as they wound up their sittings on January 10. The MP's reinstated the 9.3 million gratuity that had been rejected by President Mwai Kibaki a month ago.

Other benefits one armed security guard, diplomatic passport for both MP and spouse, unlimited access to all VIP lounges at all airports in Kenya and a expence for all.

This has led to an uproar among Kenyans arguing that the package is not necessary as that being the tax payers' money; it can be used for other purposes that will benefit all and help alleviate poverty level and bring in more developments in line with Vision 2030.

All eyes are now on the president Kibaki, as the deal can only be executed if he assents to the passed bill.

The tenth parliament however boasts ensuring the realization of the new constitution, in August, 2010, and passing over 180 bills, since they were sworn-in in 2008, the most in the history of Kenyan parliament since independence.

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