The Star (Nairobi)

Kenyans Rant Over Proposed iPads for MPs

The Parliamentary Service Commision is expected to spend about 30 million to procure iPads for MPs and senators to help them "reconnect" with their electorate on Twitter and Facebook. According to the National Assembly Speaker, Justin Muturi interaction between MPs and their electorates has gone up tremendously hence the need to boost the lawmakers' capacity in ICT.

"Online and interactive discussion of Parliamentary work and information has risen to unprecedented levels in the last five years. The exponential uptake of the internet and therefore the social media in the form of Twitter and Facebook has made the dissemination of information on Parliament much elaborate and vast in terms of outreach, feedback and opinion shaping," said Muturi. Contrary to the National Assembly Speaker, citizens are questioning whether the billions allocated should be spent on iPads for MPs and senators or on development programs such as feeding the people of Turkana.

To give Ipad to mps and senators or to feed pple in turkana? Go figure the Answer

- George Obulutsa (@GeorgeObulutsa) January 28, 2014

*Billions will spent on purchasing MPIgs Pads!!

*the place you live should have solar heated water in next 5yiirs

- Dhahaha™douglas|Nixa (@douglasmaina) January 29, 2014 Others have suggested the MPs use their salaries to buy their own iPads.

I am not one to talk bout taxpayers money but Kenyan MPs wanting iPads really?? Cant they use their own salaries @RobertAlai

- Fred anyona (@Anyonadude) January 29, 2014

Parents use their little hard earned cash to buy their kids mathematical set yet a Kenyan MP cannot buy an ipad?

- Tony Olaka (@TonyOlaka) January 29, 2014

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