NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 2 – Senators are now demanding over Sh4.2 million each monthly for offices, staffing and allowances to operate in their counties saying they have been discriminated against.
If a report by the Task Force on Senators’ Welfare chaired by Murang’a Senator Kembi Gitura is adopted by the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) then each Senator will get the following:
– Sh2.4 million for purchase of furniture at the commencement of each term.
– Sh780, 000 as monthly allocation for personnel emoluments with a 10pc advantage for counties with more than four constituencies.
– Sh420, 000 monthly allocation for consumables and office operations.
– Sh168, 000 monthly rent allocation for county office within Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu and Sh140,000 for those in other areas.
– A four wheel drive not exceeding 3000cc for each county.
– Nominated members be allocated monies to cater for a secretary, driver and personal assistant and shall operate from an office in the capital provided by the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC).
– That there be a county allowance of half a million shillings.
The taskforce armed with these demands met with the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) which is supposed to review the grievances and give the way forward.
The Senators complain that they are unable to fully operate and thus the proposals to the Parliamentary Service Commission.
The commission is expected to meet and consider the contents of the report by the taskforce appointed by the Speaker this Thursday.
If the report is adopted, the tax payer will have to dig deeper to cough Sh200 million extra to pay for the Senators’ latest ‘needs.’
First it was MPs being allocated Sh7 million grants to purchase vehicles which are duty free, and most recently were the County Assembly Members who have gone from demanding allowances to titles, wanting to be referred to as ‘Mheshimiwa’, saying they were the equivalent of MPs at the County Assembly and now the Senators.