By JUDY OGUTU
The former legislators, Wanyiri Kihoro, Andrew Kiptoon, Mohammed Galgalo, Mark Mithaga, Adam Bonaya, and Robert Kipkorir want the High Court to stop the Attorney General and the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) from processing any payments for MPs.
In a petition filed at the High Court in Nairobi, the petitioners claim many of their former colleagues are living in squalor and that they have no honour, income or basic human needs.
They are asking the court to withhold the payment of pension and gratuity to the sitting MPs until after the budgetary allocations and payments have been put in place as per the recommendations of a tribunal on remuneration of MPs.
Parliament, they claim, has been treating them dishonourably by withholding their pension and gratuity payments.
Consequently, they want the court to order payment of the requisite amounts to all the former legislators.
This, they argue, is per the recommendation of a tribunal on remuneration of MPs that was chaired by former Appeal Judge Akilano Akiwumi.
The tribunal had recommended that each MP be paid a minimum pension of Sh100,000 per month to meet basic needs of food, clothing, medicine and transport.
It is their argument that the current MPs have awarded themselves generous salaries and allowances estimated at Sh2 million.
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