Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has become the first Parliamentarian to decline the proposed night out allowance dubbed the “Domestic Subsistence Facilitation”.
Kuria wrote to the Clerk of the National Assembly, Michael Sialai saying he would not accept the night-out allowance meant to facilitate MPs’ stay in Nairobi during the three days of the week when parliamentary sessions are held.
The legislators were to get as much as Sh24,000 per night every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday – amounting to Sh72,000 per week and about Sh290,000 every month.
“I find this allowance not justifiable at all costs. I reside in Nairobi and I cannot justify to my family why the taxpayer has to pay me to be away from them,” Kuria said in his letter.
Gatundu District Hospital
He further called on Parliament to direct his night out allowance to the Gatundu District Hospital.
“I direct that if the payment has to be made, Parliament to transfer the same to Gatundu District Hospital for the remainder of my term in the 12th Parliament,” he added.
Kuria disagreed with his colleagues including Rarieda MP Otiende Omollo and Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi who have supported the extra pay to parliamentarians.
Wamatangi went as far as saying that public service was “a thankless job” saying the net pay on his pay slip is a mere Sh640 bob after loan deductions.