Kenyan MPs should be investigated on unnecessary trips

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ParliamentReligious leaders in the North Rift have called on the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to begin probing MPs’ use of public funds on trips.

They said a lot of money is lost on irrelevant trips citing the parliamentary team that visited a foreign country to learn catering. He said such trips do not add value to the public and those who go for such excursions should refund the money.

Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya North Rift Chairperson Sheikh Abubakar Bini said frequent trips by MPs to foreign countries was against the spirit of cutting down on tax payers funds.

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“The leaders portrayed us in bad light across the world. We are currently viewed as a country who cannot cook well and it is also a shame as per the

cultural beliefs to discuss food in the public limelight. We are disturbed by their actions,” he said in Eldoret

The cleric also called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to borrow a leaf from his Tanzanian counterpart John Magufuli by banning foreign trips.

Reverend Maritim Rirei of the Anglican Church of Kenya said the team took up a task that would have been best executed by specialists. “They stooped too low. What became of our Government’s Utalii College which continues to churn experts in the catering sector?” he asked.

He called for the disbandment of the committee that undertook the project saying they have misplaced priorities.

The 29 MPs have, however, received backing from Chesumei MP Elijah Lagat who is the committee’s vice chairperson who insisted that the visit was

relevant. “The results of the trip will be ideal for citizens in future,” he said

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