Auditor General Edward Ouko defends reduction of MPs, MCAs, and cutting of Commissions
SEE ALSO :How Parliament can check Auditor GeneralOuko argued the number of representatives in Kenya was above the global average, and burdensome for a country that is already over-taxed. “The reduction of MPs and MCAs should be done without compromising national values on diversity, protection of vulnerable groups and the marginalised, and the equality principle regarding gender,” Ouko told the Committee on the Implementation of the Constitution. There are 416 MPs - 349 members of the National Assembly and 67 senators. There are 1,450 elected ward representatives, and more are nominated under a gender top-up formula. Meanwhile, Controller of Budget Agnes Odhiambo has proposed that the national government Constituency Development Fund, initially known as CDF, should be moved from MPs' control. Ms Odhiambo is also opposed to the creation of a similar fund for MCAs.
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