MPs oppose allocation of Ksh332m Senators grants

By Frank Kundu

Members of Parliament have requested for more time to consult before approving the issuance of over 25 billion shillings from the consolidated fund to meet the expenditure during the year ending 30th June 2016.

This is after they questioned the rationale used in allocating money as contained in the supplementary budget.

The MPs have also opposed an allocation of 332 million shillings in form of grants for Senators to conduct various oversight roles in counties.

According to the supplementary budget each elected senator is supposed to receive approximately 7 million shillings in this financial year.

While dismissing the idea Gem MP, Jakoyo Midiwo, Githunguri  MP Njoroge Baiya and Suba MP John John Mbadi urged Senators to work with the office of the Auditor General, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission and the Controller of Budget to ensure prudent use of resources within counties instead of attempting to establish their own funds.

The MPs said Parliament should not be seen to be quick in allocating money to some institutions at the expense others.

Ainabkoi MP Samuel Chepkonga said it will be a contravention of legal procedures to allocate money to the proposed Senate Fund.

However Namwamba called for an end to perennial rivalry between the Senate and the National Assembly.

The Budalang’i MP said the Senate should instead be facilitated to execute its oversight role within counties in line with the constitution.


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