@DailyNation

Outrage as Kenyan MPs go to World Cup at taxpayers' expense

4 months ago, 12 July 14:35

By: Afp

Kenyans voiced outrage on Thursday as it emerged that a group of lawmakers had gone to the World Cup at the taxpayers' expense, even though the country had failed to qualify for the tournament.

The scandal erupted after some of the legislators posted selfies on social media of themselves enjoying matches in Russia.

"Isn't that a big bad joke, that leaders can travel all the way to Russia to watch football when we have a lot of problems here?" asked Sylvester Aseka, who sells second-hand computers in Nairobi.

"Oh my God, I want to believe that is not true, the pictures some of them are posting," said Jacinta Mong'ina, 26, a student. "It means they have a lot of time and resources to go to Russia. When will they serve their constituents?"

The Star daily newspaper reported that around 20 MPs had travelled to Russia at the beginning of the month and were expected to attend Sunday's final.

The cost of accommodation, per diems and match tickets was being footed by the government, it said.

The Star's estimate of the total cost was around $450,000 (Sh45 million, 385,000 euros). By comparison, the minimum wage in Kenya is between $120 and $280 per month, depending on the skill.

In parliament, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi confirmed the trip but said it was "not a bad thing".

"They must prepare a report when they come back and table it in parliament. That's the standard procedure," he said.

According to The Star, Senate Clerk Jeremiah Nyegenye also defended the trip as "official business".

"It is their responsibility to understand sports, how to host such international tournaments. This is not a holiday and it is too simplistic to look at it as a joyrider mission," he was cited as saying.

Kenya's Harambee Stars have never reached the World Cup finals, and have not qualified for any major international tournament since the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations.

Kenya's lawmakers — among the highest paid in the world — have often rubbed public opinion up the wrong way notably over their salary demands.

Last August, before they had even taken up their seats after an election, the new MPs launched a campaign to demand higher wages.

Kenya has also previously courted scandal at major sporting events, from doping allegations to the 2016 Olympics where several athletics officials were charged with offences such as stealing team uniforms.


Read More


Category: topnews news sports

Suggested

Now
@DailyNation - By: Vitalis Kimutai
Three Bomet gang-rape suspects released on Sh100,000 bond

There is no proof that they will interfere with the probe or be in danger. ...

Category: topnews news counties
1 hours ago, 12:38
@CITIZENTV - By: Wycliffe Nyamasege
Gov’t allays insecurity fears after Italian woman kidnapped in Kenyan Coast

The Kenyan Tourism Ministry has allayed fears of insecurity at the Coastal region as the search for an Italian woman kidnapped in Kilifi intensifies. ...

Category: topnews news
1 hour ago
@CapitalFMNews - By: Agence France Pres ...
Kenyan priest killed in Cameroon’s anglophone region

YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon, Nov 22 - A Kenyan priest was killed in francophone Cameroon's volatile English-speaking Southwest region where violence has surged - Kenya breaking news | Kenya news today | Capital ...

Category: topnews
1 hours ago, 12:17
@CITIZENTV - By: Voa
US Calls for Credible Elections in Democratic Republic of Congo

The United States is calling for peaceful and credible elections in Democratic Republic of Congo, where campaigns for next month's polls begin on Friday. ...

Category: topnews news
1 hours ago, 11:56
@CITIZENTV - By: Robert Wa Maina
Five suspects due in court over exam irregularities in Nakuru

Five people from Kuresoi North Sub County in Nakuru are expected to be arraigned in court over exam irregularities. ...

Category: topnews news
1 hours ago, 12:07
@StandardMedia - By: Protus Onyango
Three black rhinos have died at the Mara Triangle in the last week

Three black rhinos have died at the Mara Triangle in the last week ...

Category: topnews news

@DailyNation

Outrage as Kenyan MPs go to World Cup at taxpayers' expense

4 months ago, 12 July 14:35

By: Afp

Kenyans voiced outrage on Thursday as it emerged that a group of lawmakers had gone to the World Cup at the taxpayers' expense, even though the country had failed to qualify for the tournament.

The scandal erupted after some of the legislators posted selfies on social media of themselves enjoying matches in Russia.

"Isn't that a big bad joke, that leaders can travel all the way to Russia to watch football when we have a lot of problems here?" asked Sylvester Aseka, who sells second-hand computers in Nairobi.

"Oh my God, I want to believe that is not true, the pictures some of them are posting," said Jacinta Mong'ina, 26, a student. "It means they have a lot of time and resources to go to Russia. When will they serve their constituents?"

The Star daily newspaper reported that around 20 MPs had travelled to Russia at the beginning of the month and were expected to attend Sunday's final.

The cost of accommodation, per diems and match tickets was being footed by the government, it said.

The Star's estimate of the total cost was around $450,000 (Sh45 million, 385,000 euros). By comparison, the minimum wage in Kenya is between $120 and $280 per month, depending on the skill.

In parliament, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi confirmed the trip but said it was "not a bad thing".

"They must prepare a report when they come back and table it in parliament. That's the standard procedure," he said.

According to The Star, Senate Clerk Jeremiah Nyegenye also defended the trip as "official business".

"It is their responsibility to understand sports, how to host such international tournaments. This is not a holiday and it is too simplistic to look at it as a joyrider mission," he was cited as saying.

Kenya's Harambee Stars have never reached the World Cup finals, and have not qualified for any major international tournament since the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations.

Kenya's lawmakers — among the highest paid in the world — have often rubbed public opinion up the wrong way notably over their salary demands.

Last August, before they had even taken up their seats after an election, the new MPs launched a campaign to demand higher wages.

Kenya has also previously courted scandal at major sporting events, from doping allegations to the 2016 Olympics where several athletics officials were charged with offences such as stealing team uniforms.


Read More

Category: topnews news sports

Suggested

Now
@DailyNation - By: Vitalis Kimutai
Three Bomet gang-rape suspects released on Sh100,000 bond

There is no proof that they will interfere with the probe or be in danger. ...

Category: topnews news counties
1 hours ago, 12:38
@CITIZENTV - By: Wycliffe Nyamasege
Gov’t allays insecurity fears after Italian woman kidnapped in Kenyan Coast

The Kenyan Tourism Ministry has allayed fears of insecurity at the Coastal region as the search for an Italian woman kidnapped in Kilifi intensifies. ...

Category: topnews news
1 hour ago
@CapitalFMNews - By: Agence France Pres ...
Kenyan priest killed in Cameroon’s anglophone region

YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon, Nov 22 - A Kenyan priest was killed in francophone Cameroon's volatile English-speaking Southwest region where violence has surged - Kenya breaking news | Kenya news today | Capital ...

Category: topnews
1 hours ago, 12:17
@CITIZENTV - By: Voa
US Calls for Credible Elections in Democratic Republic of Congo

The United States is calling for peaceful and credible elections in Democratic Republic of Congo, where campaigns for next month's polls begin on Friday. ...

Category: topnews news
1 hours ago, 11:56
@CITIZENTV - By: Robert Wa Maina
Five suspects due in court over exam irregularities in Nakuru

Five people from Kuresoi North Sub County in Nakuru are expected to be arraigned in court over exam irregularities. ...

Category: topnews news
1 hours ago, 12:07
@StandardMedia - By: Protus Onyango
Three black rhinos have died at the Mara Triangle in the last week

Three black rhinos have died at the Mara Triangle in the last week ...

Category: topnews news
Our App