MPs wrong in bid to get taxpayer foot bill for their lavish lifestyles
SEE ALSO :State moots monthly stipend for the poorWe could say that considering the age of those democracies, there is comparatively less work to be done by those MPs than our MPs. Though valid, that is neither here nor there because on average, most Kenyan MPs legislate less and politic more. A lot of the MPs have not grasped their role, often choosing to do the Executive’s bidding. Indeed, Kenyans’ disappointment with the Legislature is borne of the fact that it has been partisan, selfish about their welfare but most of the time, pliant; often at the beck and call of the Executive. Considering even the level of debate in the chambers even on critical issues like the Budget, Kenyans will be forgiven to think they shortchanged themselves. With piling debt (estimated to hit Sh6 trillion in 2019), until recently, no a single MP thought it prudent to institute changes to the Public Finance Management and the taxation regime to take into consideration the current realities and specifically to put a debt ceiling. Or put in place measures that will free up the economy. The MPs have the wherewithal to wage the war on corruption, tame the reckless spending and wastage in public service. They have the tools and mind to push for an attainable budget that focuses on that which promotes productivity; the magic of economic growth. Essentially, what is needed are reforms that will open up the economy and free up money held by the Government. Alas, the MPs have not led in those efforts. And as with all work, reward should be commensurate with the effort put in. And so Kenyans are justified to feel abused, taken advantage of with the latest demand for a handsome housing allowance when many of them are grappling with the bare essentials of food, water and clothing.
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