Linturi opposes Sh2bn send-off perks for MPs and Senators

Linturi opposes Sh2bn send-off perks for MPs and Senators

Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi has promised to oppose a Sh 2bn budgeted by Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) earmarked as compensation fees for the eight months reminder of the five-year term for Members of parliament (MPs) and Senators.

MPs are expected to be paid a total of Sh1.9 billion while counterparts at the senate are to get Sh410 million, according to documents tabled by the Budget and Appropriations Committee of the National Assembly.

Lithuri said that if such payout was to be implemented it would be blatant theft of public coffers.

“I will not support a situation where you be paid for 8 months & you have not worked. That’s theft,” Mithika Linturi told NTV today.

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He said lawmakers being the people representatives should not forget their roles but instead practise prudent use of public resources.

“Any attempt to pay MPs for the 8 months will be completely illegal & criminal,” he vowed.

Ordinary, MPs’, Speakers of both Houses and their Deputy Speakers in the last year of their five-year term pocket as salaries Sh710,000,  Sh1.3 million and Sh1.056 million per month respectively.

In the new proposals, each category of lawmaker would be paid their eight months’ lump salary.

However, the plan would be blocked after the Salaries and Remunerations Commission (SRC) signalled it would thwart the proposal.

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