State House summons Jubilee MPs amid mileage scandal

StateHouseJubilee MPs and Senators have been summoned to State House on Monday in the wake of a damning report that exposed how some of them falsify mileage claims to rake in millions of shillings from the Parliamentary Service Commission.

All the members of the coalition got invites for the meeting on Saturday but they were not informed of the agenda.

The Nation has, however, learnt that several lawmakers are eager to confront the National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, who also doubles up as the Parliamentary Service Commission  chairperson, for inviting the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate the mileage scam.

It is expected that President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto will preside over the meeting.

Mr Muturi has been on the spotlight since the release of the damning report prepared by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission that captured several malpractices by members and parliamentary staff.

PSC invited the anti-graft body to look into its books last year and Mr Muturi received the report fingering MPs who pocketed dubious mileage claims.

MILEAGE SCAM

The report accused members from both Cord and Jubilee coalitions of making mileage claims even when they had not travelled to their constituencies.

The MPs’ representatives in the Parliamentary Service Commission are also being targeted for replacement following the release of the report without members’ knowledge.

The National Assembly is represented by Adan Keynan, Regina Chengorok, Gladys Wanga and Jimmy Angwenyi in the commission.

The Senate is represented by Sammy Leshore, Beth Mugo and David Musila.

During the vetting of Cabinet Secretary nominees at County Hall on Friday, members of the appointments committee took EACC boss Halakhe Waqo to task.

They wanted to know his intention was in naming members who had secured loans without surrendering collateral documents such title deeds.

Kuresoi North MP Moses Cheboi expressed his fury at being named among the legislators who had failed to present a title deed upon receiving a loan.

Mr Waqo told the MPs that the commission had been invited by the PSC and given documents to go through before compiling a report.

“It is good for members to know we did not come here on our own. We were invited and given documents to study. We prepared a report based on what we got from the documents,” said Mr Waqo.

Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso was also not happy with being put among the loan defaulters and expressed her dissatisfaction with Mr Waqo’s explanation.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said members were not aware of the report before it was given to Mr Muturi despite Mr Waqo saying the commission had informed “senior staff” a number of times before compiling the final report.

-nation.co.ke

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