National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has confirmed that some MPs are indeed in Russia attending the FIFA World Cup.
Kenyans had earlier on Thursday took to social media to express their anger at the MPs' trip to Russia at the expense of the taxpayers.
Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga had posted pictures showing her enjoying the Semi-Final match from the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Speaker Muturi on Thursday afternoon confirmed the MPs trip to Russia defending them saying "it was not a bad thing".
However Muturi said the legislators must prepare a report when they return to Kenya and table it before Parliament.
"Yes, some MPs have gone to Russia to watch the World Cup as members of the Sports and Culture committee, as well as Bunge FC. It's not a bad thing, but they must prepare a report when they come back and table it in Parliament. That's the standard procedure," he stated.
A spot check by Pulselive.co.ke established that an economy air tickets from Nairobi to Moscow is retailing at an average of Sh200, 000 owing to the high demand caused by the Wold Cup sensation.
Once in Russia, each MP is estimated to spend at least Sh250, 000 for the match tickets. Some of the MPs travelled early enough for the quarter finals while others are yet to make their way – perhaps preparing for the thrill of the finals to be held on Sunday.
The total cost comes to around Sh2.8 million for every MP. With 20 MPs, that’s around Sh50 million for the entire trip.