Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has distanced himself from the proposed night allowance by the Members of the National Assembly claiming that the move is not justifiable at all costs.
Kuria who wrote to Clerk of the National Assembly directed that his night allowance payments be donated to Gatundu Hospital for his remaining time as an MP.
“I find this allowance not justifiable at all costs. I reside in my house in Nairobi and I cannot justify to my family why the taxpayer has to pay me to be away from them,” he said.
He added, “I direct that if the payment has to be made, Parliament should transfer his allowance to Gatundu District Hospital for the remainder of of my term in the 12th Parliament”.
Kuria’s move has come just a few days after an outburst over MPs proposed allowances dubbed the “Domestic Subsistence Facilitation”, the new scheme which entitles each MP to between Sh18,200 and Sh24,000 per night.
Parliamentary business is conducted between Tuesday and Thursday, meaning the MPs and senators can claim the money for four nights — Monday to Thursday. They can claim as much as Sh96,000 each per week and up to Sh384,000 per month in night allowance, notwithstanding the fact that virtually all of them have homes in Nairobi.
And on the days Parliament is not in session between Friday and Monday, the lawmakers are entitled to mileage claims calculated on the basis of the distance between Parliament Buildings and an individual MP’s constituency.
The SRC has sued the Parliament for what it terms as illegal allocation of Sh250,000 monthly house allowance.