In this year's general election , more than half of the 416 members of the bicameral parliament lost their seats, and they are now vying for a piece of a total Sh2.2 billion send-off gift.
In the recent week's elections, voters sent 211 National Assembly and Senate members home.
34 of the 47 Woman Representatives were expelled from the National Assembly, along with 146 other legislators who represented constituencies.
The change implies that citizens' displeasure with their legislators' performance is growing. The executive is alleged to have taken control of the departing parliament, undermining its ability to perform its monitoring duties.
The Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) would be expected to process and forward the send-off package and lifelong pension to the Treasury for payment for the 211 MPs who emerged from the brutal campaign. While the government also contributes a corresponding amount, MPs are required to donate 12.75 percent of their income.
As a parting gift for lawmakers who served in the 12th Parliament, the Treasury has budgeted Sh2.2 billion in the current fiscal year.The maximum monthly allowance for members of a committee is Sh120,000, while the maximum monthly allowances for the chairperson and vice-chairperson are Sh192,000 and Sh240,000, respectively.
Kenyan parliamentarians are among the highest paid in the world, provoking popular outrage in a country where the unemployment rate is high and civil worker salaries are almost at a standstill
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