The Star (Nairobi)

29 January 2014

Kenya: New Ipads Just Bling for MPs

editorial

THE National Assembly is giving iPads to all 390 MPs (see Page 2). This is a huge waste of Sh30 million!

The Speaker said that MPs need to stay in touch with their electorate who are increasingly using Facebook and Twitter.

But Justin Muturi told a Commonwealth conference in New Zealand that MPs had already been provided with Internet-enabled offices and computers.

That is okay. Most countries provide their MPs with similar offices.

However that means MPs do not need these iPads. They can go on Facebook and Twitter in their offices.

Moreover every MP already has a smartphone which can go on Twitter and Facebook. And it will not cost the MPs anything because there is free WiFi in Parliament.

Kenya at times is just too extravagant. The fancy cars and gadgets of the political elite are just a more extreme version of Sonko's bling. They are an ostentatious display of wealth.

These new iPads will never be used for parliamentary business because a smartphone is more convenient and less conspicuous. The MPs will probably just give them away to their children or their mistresses.

The Parliamentary Service Commission should cancel the tender for iPads for MPs.

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