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Major Blow to MPs After Court of Appeal Ordered Them to Refund Sh1.2B Earned as Illegal Allowances

Members of Parliament must refund Sh1.2 Billion taxpayers money they unlawfully awarded themselves in 2018 as housing allowance.

This is after Court of Appeal upheld the High Court ruling that squashed the Sh250,000 per MP housing allowance that was not approved by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).

According to a report by NTV, the 416 MPs faced the setback after three judges of the appellate court confirmed through email on Friday evening that the allowance was awarded illegally.

The judges stated that the MPs' petition against High Court ruling did not meet the threshold, and thus they should refund the money.

The parliament had requested the Court of Appeal to temporarily suspend the High Court order, and if the application would have been granted, the MPs would have continue drawing the high perks.

High Court had earlier ruled that the SRC acted within its mandate by directing the clerks of the parliament not to pay the allowance which did not interfere with the independence of the parliament and PSC.

Both clerks of the National Assembly and the Senate have been directed to recover in full from each of the MPs' allowances and salaries Sh2.8 million shillings within the next one year.

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