National Politics

Each MP owes KSh. 7.2m to Kenyans. Court rules

The national parliament: Image courtesy of the-star.co.ke

The high Court has ruled that sitting allowances paid to MPs and senators are illegal. The court, sitting in Nairobi has ordered that the collective payments amounting to KSh. 2.9 billion are illegal and ordered that the money be paid back to the treasury in 1 year.

A three-judge bench composed of Pauline Nyamweya, Weldon Korir and John Mativo ruled Thursday, December 10 that the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) violated the Constitution when it awarded the lawmakers the said-allowances.

The case was lounged by activist Okiya Omtatah who moved to court to challenge PSC’s decision to allocate accommodation and housing allowances to the legislators, arguing that the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), which is legally mandated to cap or review public officers’ pay, was not consulted when arriving at that decision.

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