MPs want to be treated as 'royals' to perform their duty
SEE ALSO :Race to replace UK's May gets underwayThe lawmakers then turn their attention to money matters where they want their Sh20 million mortgage increased as well as weekly updates on their car mileage and plenary and committee sitting allowances. And to ‘ease’ their transport woes, they have requested that the Sh5 million car grant be increased to Sh7 million. They have also given their insurer, Liaison Insurance, six months to ‘improve its services’ or have its two-year contract terminated. The MPs also dwelt on the issue of cleanliness, mainly in the lavatories and restaurant, where they complained about lack of tissue papers and having to share the facilities with non-members. They also lobbied to outsource the catering services. They also criticised the House leadership for not complying with the disability laws and ensuring there are facilities reserved for the disabled as well as for breast-feeding mothers.
SEE ALSO :MPs now slash SRC budgetMr Machogu’s report was written after the National Assembly’s Committee on Members’ Service and Facilities, which he chairs, concluded a bench-marking visit to the parliaments of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland to assess their facilities and services and draw lessons that could be replicated in the National Assembly. Spurred on by tales of ‘luxuries’ in the West, speaker after speaker outlined a myriad of complaints, which they argued impeded their daily work. “The car grant, mileage allowance and mortgage scheme do not take into account the current prevailing market rates. We have proposed implementation in three phases: those to be done immediately by the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) chaired by Speaker Justin Muturi, medium term to be actualised in six months and long-term proposals,” said Machogu last Wednesday when he moved a motion on the adoption of the report with 48 recommendations. The MPs took issue with the disparate payment of State officers and their lack of access to house allowances. They questioned why Cabinet secretaries, who they vet after being appointed by the president, were entitled to round-the-clock security while they were restricted to only one police officer.
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