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September 21, 2018

You have no reason to seek higher pay, Oburu tells MPs

East African Legislative Assembly MP Oburu Oginga addresses the press in Bondo yesterday /LAMECK BARAZA
East African Legislative Assembly MP Oburu Oginga addresses the press in Bondo yesterday /LAMECK BARAZA
East African Legislative Assembly MP Oburu Oginga has differed with the 12th Parliament over the proposal to increase their salaries and allowances.
He asked the MPs to sympathise with the taxpayers, who already carry the burden of hard economic times before demanding higher pay.
Addressing journalists in Bondo, Oburu challenged the MPs to demonstrate to Kenyans that they deserve pay raise through services.
"At the moment, the House is at the centre of all manner of corruption allegations at the expense of service delivery," he said.
Oburu said the MPs have lowered their standards by accepting bribes of as low as Sh10,000, and no one can consider their proposal of pay raise.
"I have never heard MPs have been bribed with Sh10,000, for the time I have served in Parliament, even during the Moi era," he added.
Oburu asked Parliament to exonerate itself from corruption allegations before asking for any benefit as it "cannot be trusted with anything".
He said at the moment the MPs should be championing the electorates' interests, not the other way round.
"People have condemned the poisonous sugar importation and instead of the MPs holding those responsible to account, they have turned the mess into a bribing spree," Oburu said.

 

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