MPs SEEK TO BUY LAPTOPS WITH TAXPAYERS MONEY
The Parliamentary Broadcasting and Library committee recommends that the members of National Assembly be facilitated with laptops to enble them conduct virtual meetings due to the Covid 19 regulations set by the Health Ministry
In a report tabled by the Parliamentary Broadcasting and Library committee on Thursday 8 July, the committee proposed that the National Assembly considers facilitating National Assembly members with laptops to enable them conduct virtual meetings.
“The committee recommends that the National Assembly should consider facilitating the members of National assembly with laptops for the conduct of virtual meetings,” said the committee.
Members of National Assembly preffer Laptops to IPads.Photo/courtesy
Among other findings the committee realized that members of National Assembly preferred laptops to IPad for virtual meetings.
If members of Parliament end up approving the report, taxpayers will incur millions of shillings in acquisition of the laptops in order to enable the MPs conduct virtual meetings without being disrupted by the covid 19 regulations from the Health Ministry.
Ironically Kenyan MPs are among the highest paid legislatures in the world, However the covid 19 regulations barring them from conducting in-person meetings, has denied them opportunities to boost their earnings through, sitting allowances, transport allowances earned from both local and international travels.
MPs get Sh5,00 per siting, while the Chair and vice chairperson drawing shillings 10,000 and 7,500 respectively, other benefits include; Sh 5million car grant, a Sh 20 million mortgage and a 7million car loan.
Due to covid 19 regulations by the Health Ministry barring National Assembly in-person meetings, the Parliament initiated a taskforce that will come up with possible technological solutions suitable for the House to conduct its business while adhering to covid 19 protocols.