MP opposes hefty send-off package


Kiharu MP Irungu Kang’ata has opposed a proposed hefty send-off package to MPs saying that the legislators do not deserve a gratuity bonus from the state since they have been remunerated well.

Speaking at a medical camp in Kandara, Murang’a County, Kang’ata asked the government to direct the funds to address critical issues affecting citizens.

The parliamentarians, both in the Senate and National Assembly, are plotting to reward themselves Ksh8 million each as a send-off package for the duration they will not be in office.

If the proposal sails through Parliament, the 349 members of Parliament and 67 senators would cost taxpayers a total of Ksh3.3 billion in severance packages at the end of their term.

The MPs have staked a claim on the money arguing that they would be eight months short of their full 5-year term by the time the Parliament dissolves to pave way for the August polls.

The MPs are said to have exerted pressure on National Treasury Cabinet secretary Henry Rotich to include their proposal in the 2017/18 budgetary projections threatening to shoot down the budget motion if he (Rotich) fails to factor their money.

During a meeting that brought together the Budget and Appropriations committee, Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC), Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) and the National Treasury, it was understood that the MPs agreed to establish a team to kick-start negotiations to ensure the money is included in the budget.

Kanga’ta further claimed that the proposed multi-billion send-off perks would be an additional burden to taxpayers.

The legislator at the same time asked trade union leaders to engage the government in developing amicable solutions to constant workers’ strikes experienced in the country, arguing that with the current trend, the government wage bill might surpass the development budget.

 

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