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Atwoli: MPs become scammers if they are not paid well

The Secretary General of the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU), Francis Atwoli, has defended pressure from MPs to enjoy hefty benefits and privileges.

Atwoli told the press on Sunday, September 25 in Malindi that the low wages are driving MPs to become scammers.

He explained that more often than not, lawmakers are forced to share their salaries with their voters and are likely to resort to idiosyncratic means to get their money back.

Cotu boss Francis Atwoli speaks at an Azimio rally in Mulwanda, Khwisero on June 29, 2022.

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“Our MPs are unique because so many people depend on them and there are many projects they start up in their constituencies. If you curtail them to earn what gives them their dignity, you are doing them a disservice.

“It is our duty as taxpayers to ensure that they do not become scammers or do other things that are not expected of them,” Atwoli noted.

The COTU boss also called on the Salaries and Remuneration Committee (SRC) to abolish allowances. He echoed the sentiments of chairman Moses Wetangula, claiming that lawmakers had a right to the allotments.

“Our leaders need to look good, dress well, have nice cars, speak and represent the low-ranking UKTN. You can’t do this if you’re a beggar,” he recommended.

Atwoli further criticized the Supreme Court for its decision to declare the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF), which was run by MPs, as unconstitutional.

He argued that funds have previously been used to start programs that have benefited many UKTN, including paying tuition for students who attend school.

During their launch in Nairobi, lawmakers clashed with SRC chairman Lyn Mengich over the scrapping of allowances.

One of the concerns of MPs was the limitation of health insurance to one spouse and the suspension of sitting allowances.

On September 22, Chief Justice Martha Koome gave her two cents on the CDF debate. The Supreme Court ruled that CDF violates the division of labor between the province and the national government.

“The CDF violates the division of labor between the province and the national government. To give a CDF a tool of the national government to take on tasks delegated to the province,” Koome stated.

National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula addresses MPs at the introductory retreat at the Safari Park Hotel, Nairobi, on Monday, September 19, 2022.

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