15 female MPs to refund Ksh.27M allowance for cancelled U.S trip

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15 female Members of Parliament and members of staff are under pressure to return over Ksh.27 million they received as per diem for a trip to the United States that was later cancelled due to coronavirus scare.

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi last Tuesday announced the cancellation of a 15-day trip to the United States and directed that the lawmakers return the money wired into their accounts or collected individually from Parliament’s Finance department.

So far, none of the 15 MPs – each of whom collected a total of Ksh.1,847,520 – has refunded the money for the conference that was to kick off on March 7 to 22.

This amounts to at least Ksh.27.7 million, excluding the amount collected by Parliamentary staff members who were to accompany the MPs.

Among the MPs ordered to surrender the money collected in per diem include Homa Bay Woman Rep Gladys Wanga and her counterparts Janet Nangabo, Kisumu’s Rozah Buyu and Isiolo’s Rehema Jaldesa.

However, if the mps fail to surrender the per diem, the monies will be deducted from their March salaries and they will also be blocked from future trips until they clear the outstanding amount.