Kenyan MPs skip Geneva meeting to go on a ‘shopping spree’


Kenya’s Central Organisation of Trade Union (COTU) has accused the country’s lawmakers for going on a shopping spree instead of attending a labour conference in Geneva, Switzerland

According to the union, the lawmakers did not attend a single session of the 106th session of the International Labour Conference despite having received huge allowances and other benefits during their stay in the country, local Standard media reports.

“The MPs were on a “spending extravaganza, shocking Geneva residents with their lavish spending and other escapades outside the official programme” the report quotes Cotu boss Francis Atwoli says

Cotu said it was ‘painful’ that MPs, who draw huge salaries and allowances, can afford to run personal errands as delegates from other countries are locked in discussions affecting the world’s workers, this according to the report.

The union wants Treasury to deduct the allowances advanced to the lawmakers and hold them accountable for the money they have received for the trip. The 10-day conference is expected to close this Friday.

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