Blow to SRC as MPs win Sh8b case
SEE ALSO :Naivasha status to be reviewed by SRCIt emerged that 18 former and current lawmakers had raised concerns with National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and SRC against their colleagues and at the Parliamentary Service Commissioners (PSC) over excessive allowances and skewed mileage. Fraudulent “Currently, we are spending Sh150 million per month which in total comes to Sh1.802 billion per year in mileage. How does the commission verify that a member has traveled for 52 weeks in a year even when the Parliament is in process? This is illegal, fraudulent and leaves a question on the integrity of the members of parliament under chapter six of the Constitution,” a letter filed in court file read in part. The proposal was to have MPs from far flung areas take flights, limited to four trips a month. This would save the tax payer Sh1.05 billion. The letter in court revealed that some of the legislators go home with extra Sh3 million (nontaxable). “This is morally wrong and unacceptable. This makes our Parliamentarians the highest paid employees in the world. They are also paid more than the President of Kenya and United Sates of America,” the letter written by former Makadara MP Benson Mutura read in part.
SEE ALSO :Fury as MPs feast on your taxes againIn the case, SRC argued that MCAs will be illegally remunerated under the lapsed 2013 Gazette Notice and this will be against all tenets of public finance management. PSC instead demanded that if SRC scrapped mileage allowance, then each law maker would have to be given be a car which would be retained by the commission.