2 MPs asked to return millions given by Sports Ministry

MPs to refund government

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Auditor General Edward Ouko has asked two members of parliament to refund Sh2.5 million issued by the Ministry of Sports in 2018.

The two members of the National Assembly were sponsored by the Ministry to attend the World Cup in Russia along with six of their colleagues.

The Auditor General has found the disbursement to have been irregular since MPs expenses are under the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC).

"An amount of Sh2,461,872 on June 29, 2018 transferred by State Department to the National Sports Fund for the purpose of catering for MPs during the FIFA World Cup Games held in Russia in July 2018.

"The Members of National Assembly serve under PSC and their expenses should be paid from there.

"In the circumstances, the State Department should pursue refund of Sh2,461,872 irregularly requested and paid to the two Members of Parliament from the Clerk of the National Assembly," Ouko's report read in part.

Controversial Russia trip by Kenyan MPs

The MPs' trip sparked a storm in Kenya as taxpayers questioned the blatant disregard for public interest in the expenditure.

MPs, however, justified the trip saying that only members of the Sports Committee had gone on a benchmarking mission.

From the National Assembly, Sports Committee chair Victor Munyaka, Chris Omulele, Jones Mlolwa, Ben Shinali, Dan Wanyama, Sylvanus Maritim, George Sunkuiy, Charles Nguna and one staffer, Fred Otieno made the trip.

The Senate was represented by Senators Cleophas Malala, James Orengo and Millicent Omanga.

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