Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has vowed not to assent to a bill that would see the country’s members of parliament get more benefits at the tax payer’s cost.
The Parliamentary Service Bill 2018, if passed into law, would see the East African country’s parliamentarians from both the National Assembly and Senat – totaling 416 – get a house allowance, a vehicle fuelled and maintained by the taxpayer and a car loan.
President @UKenyatta has said he will not assent to the Parliamentary Service Bill 2018, which proposes more benefits for MPs. The President stated that elected leaders should be more concerned about changing the lives of their constituents, rather than enriching themselves. pic.twitter.com/a7le82ySBU
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) December 5, 2018
President Kenyatta is the second high profile leader to condemn the bill.
Speaker Justin Muturi earlier said the bill was against the Kenyan constitution.
“You cannot benefit from this as it will be against the Constitution,” Mr Muturi said.
Kenyans have been condemning the legislators for wanting to pass the bill, saying they were only after pay rises.
Some Kenyans took to social media to express their disapproval of the bill;
Mps are so busy and actively discussing their salary but when bill concerning seffering Kenyans is brought they fail to attend proceedings
— Johnkimson Mururu (@JohnkimsonM) December 4, 2018
Kenyan MPs are so selfish
— Paulo Mtangazaji (@PauloMtangazaji) December 4, 2018