Monday, February 26, 2024

MPs now want additional Sh11.7 billion budget for their send-off packages

Members of Parliament are seeking additional Sh11.7 billion budget allocation towards providing free cars and gratuity for their employees among others.

The legislators petitioned the Treasury through a report tabled in parliament by the Budget and Appropriations Committee this week, in which they want Sh6.67 billion send-off package allocation for their aides and Sh4.2 billion car grant for the incoming parliamentarians.

The members further want Sh373 million for medical insurance schemes for those who will fail to defend their seats in the August 9, general elections.

Each MP now want Sh20 million which will sum up to an additional Sh500 million to top up their current subsidized mortgage.

“The Parliamentary Service Commission submitted to the Budget and Appropriation Committee expenditure requirements amounting to Sh65.71 billion,” said the committee chairperson Kanini Kega in the report.

This sums up to Sh27.23 billion deviation from Sh38.476 billion for resource ceiling presented by the National Treasury.

This means that the legislators want to double their entitled car grant of Sh5 million to Sh10 million.

In the ‘gratuity for employees’ allocation, the members of parliament want their personal assistants, drivers, secretaries and county workers to benefit from the allocation once their terms end in August.

Members of Parliament who have served for one term are currently being awarded three times their monthly pension payment with a 15 percent interest while those who have served for two terms are entitled to a Sh125, 000 monthly pension.

Austine Ogalo
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