Kenyan president says no to more benefits for MPs

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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 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;