|President Kibaki addresses the Nation during last year's Mashujaa Day celebrations at Nyayo Stadium. (Photo:File/Standard)|
SEE ALSO :1 in 5 office mugs contain faecal matterThe President had initially rejected The Retirement Benefits (Deputy President and Designated State Officers) Bill 2012 which would have given MPs a hefty Sh9.3 million send-off package and sent it back to Attorney General Githu Muigai for review. The gratuity had been contained in amendments to the Finance Bill 2012 but the MPs sneaked it in another Bill, The Retirement Benefits (Deputy President and Designated State Officers) Bill 2012. Calculated to cover all the 224 MPs, the taxpayer would part with at least Sh2 billion to pamper the legislators. Coming with the package would be one armed security guard, diplomatic passport for both the MP and the spouse, access to VIP lounge at all airports within Kenya and a maintenance expense for all. Finance Minister Robinson Githae sneaked the amendments on Wednesday night to hand the MPs the package.