BY NJOROGE KINUTHIA
Why every voter is proud of new House chamber
We have been doing our MPs a great injustice. But with yesterday’s unveiling of the refurbished House chamber, that wrong has, thankfully, been righted.
Looking at the state-of-the-art chamber one wonders how our waheshimiwa survived in the previous hell-hole. Any wonder some of them habitually absented themselves from Parliament, while others were always red-eyed with sleep?
Some people have been whining that the close to Sh1 billion used to modernise the chamber is money badly spent. PointBlank differs. Any one who saw the MPs in their new ‘red chamber’ knows that that was money well spent. Did you note the aura of dignity and satisfaction on MPs faces as they sat on their Sh200,000 seats? Some point out that these could be most expensive parliamentary seats in the Commonwealth. That could be true, but it is also true that our MPs are among the best paid lawmakers in the world. Well paid MPs deserve the best seats in the world. Kenyans can tackle the HIV/Aids and IDP problem another day.
What became of TSC service charter?
Sometime in March this year, a long-serving teacher (TSC No. 429870) paid a visit to Teachers Service Commission headquarters to inquire about the process of resigning. He found a friendly member of staff who explained to him in detail the entire process.
The teacher went back to school and in early April, asked the principal to inform TSC to stop deducting his salary immediately as he was resigning service. Satisfied that the information had reached his employer, he tendered his resignation on June 2. He enclosed a cheque equivalent to his monthly salary, in lieu of notice, as required.
A month later, TSC had not acknowledged his resignation as required. He visited their offices again and they admitted receiving the letter and cheque and promised to contact him in a week’s time. But almost a month-and-a-half later TSC, which has all his contacts is still mum.
The teacher badly needs an acknowledgement letter from his former employer as he can not access money owed to him by some institutions without the letter. He loudly wonders what happened to TSC’s high sounding service charter.
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