MPs may seek extra pay in case their term ends before polls

Deputy Minority Leader Jakoyo Midiwo tells Speaker Muturi that MPs ought to be taken care of until their terms are finished.

Friday February 19 2016

The National Assembly in past session.  FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The National Assembly in past session. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By JOHN NGIRACHU
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MPs could demand for extra money at the end of their term after one of their leaders in the National Assembly warned that their term would not come to an end in the manner of previous Houses.

Deputy Minority Leader Jakoyo Midiwo Thursday told Speaker Justin Muturi MPs ought to be taken care of until their terms are finished.

“These are contract employees. I want you as the chairman of the Parliamentary Service Commission to decide what happens to us on the last day here,” said Mr Midiwo.

He said that with the Constitution stating that the term of an MP ends on the date of the election, MPs would expect to continue being in Parliament, and possibly being paid, until the date of the election.

The Constitution states in Article 102 that: “The term of each House of Parliament expires on the date of the next General Election.”

“We don’t want to be here at the mercy of Sarah Serem and we don’t want to be here at the mercy of anybody,” said Mr Midiwo.

TWO MONTHS BEFORE ELECTIONS

He also criticised lawyers and other political commentators who suggest that Parliament’s term will come to an end two months before the elections.

The Gem MP spoke as MPs approved the calendar of the National Assembly for the fourth session.

MPs who have served at least two terms are paid a monthly pension by the Parliamentary Service Commission. Those who serve one term are not entitled to the monthly stipend of $1,000.

There have, however, been attempts at the end of the terms in 2007 and 2013 to give MPs a one-off payment in the form of a gratuity. In the last term, that attempt was rejected by then President Mwai Kibaki.

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