, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 14 – Jubilee Party MPs in the National Assembly on Thursday tore into their Opposition counterparts for signing the attendance register then proceeding to skip the sessions.
Led by Majority Leader Aden Duale, the MPs said their colleagues were being dishonest after their Coalition met and resolved that they boycott House Sittings.
Duale cited top party leaders John Mbadi (Suba South), Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay County), Simba Arati (Dagoretti South) as those who he claimed were making ‘technical appearances’ in the House so that they can draw Sh5,000 Sitting Allowance.
“Baba, told you not to enter the Chamber but now Gladys Wanga is entering the Chamber, she is marking for the Sh6,000 and Baba is watching you. There is a lot of double speak and that is dishonesty to the people of Kenya.”
“Since morning I have seen Members of the Minority (repeating this trend). You can cheat anybody even Duale but not Baba, surely not Baba,” Duale said as Wanga stood at the entrance of the Chamber and the proceeded to walk-out.
However, Mumias West MP Johnson Naicca corrected Duale on the matter reminding him that the Salaries and Remuneration Commission had scrapped all Sitting Allowances for Members.
“To say that Baba instructed us not to come into the House, I am not aware. I am a member of NASA and ODM; I am here with a lot of other members, so if we are being told somebody come here and walked out, maybe he has gone to have tea.”
“As far as I am concerned and under the new rules we don’t get any money for coming to sit here for now apart from the monthly salary,” the Mumias West MP said.
Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa therefore called on Speaker Justin Muturi to expose the deceit which he said disenfranchised their constituents whom they are paid to represent.
Only Jubilee MPs were inside the chambers in the Thursday morning sittings as MPs continue to give their maiden speech and react to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s speech delivered on Tuesday during the opening of Parliament.
Upon signing up, the opposition legislators proceed to the MPs’ lobby where they pass time as they take tea and meet with their constituents.