Kenyan MPs won’t get pay rise: Mbau

Kenyan MPs will after all not be getting a pay rise.

But they could be eligible for $1,000 (Sh90,000 at the current exchange rate) every month for the rest of their lives even if they serve for one term.

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House Budget Committee chairman Elias Mbau said the recommendation to operationalise the Akiwumi Report was only in reference to retired MPs.

He said the recommendation was to the Parliamentary Service Commission to introduce a Bill to amend the Parliamentary Service Pensions Act to provide for MPs who have served for one term to qualify for pension.

Tuesday’s session ended in a storm after Gwassi MP John Mbadi introduced an amendment to the Budget report to reduce the allocation to the National Security Intelligence Service by Sh2.7 billion.

He suggested that Sh1.7 billion be reallocated to the Internal Security ministry to increase the salaries of police by 11 per cent.

But Kangundo MP Johnstone Muthama and Transport minister Amos Kimunya opposed it. Mr Kimunya argued that reallocating funds to another ministry suggested one ministry was more important than another.

 

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