MPs make 50 recommendations for their comfortability in parliament

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Do politicians in Kenya know why you elected them or the whole time they’ve been working its always been about their dreams?

Surprisingly a report authored by Committee on Members’ Services to the PSC reveals that members of parliament want their suggestions on service they receive to be acted on as little has been done since they made the demands

“I tabled a report containing 50 recommendations to the PSC. We have been following this and have made a call to the chairman of the PSC over this because only 20 per cent of the recommendations have been adopted,” Ezekiel Machogu said.

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National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale

They also want Parliamentary Service Commission to hire professional chefs comparable to those hired by Five Star Hotel in the city.

Majority Leader Aden Duale led the House in demanding implementation of the changes, protesting the quality of food served to MPs had gone down

“We must outsource this service. The legislature cannot do business of cooking food. This should be given to the right people,” said Mr Duale.

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The MPs also want toilets adjacent to the main reception in the main building be cleaned frequently to address the bad smell emanating from there.

In one of their lowest scams ever they were reported to have received as little as Sh 10,000 in the toilets to shoot down a controversial sugar report

Ms Gathoni wa Muchomba (Kiambu) and Ayub Savula (Lugari) narrated to the Powers and Privileges committee chaired by National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi how she followed fellow woman representatives to the ladies’ toilets and to her shock, found them discussing the amounts each had been given.

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Kiambu Woman Representative-elect Gathoni Wa Muchomba.

But she said she could not identify the members who shared the cash in the toilets, stating that they were inside the cubicles and she could only listen to their conversations.

“When I went to the toilet, I heard people saying they had been given Sh 10,000 by (Wajir Woman Representative) Fatuma Gedi to shoot down the sugar report. Another responded, ‘She should have given you Sh 30,000.’ Some were even saying they had been given money for other members.”

Muchomba claimed her colleagues refused to come out of the cubicles when they realised she was waiting to see who they were.

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The report authored by Committee on Members’ Services and Facilities after bench-marking in the United Kingdom and the Northern Ireland assembly further recommended construction of two more cafeterias on the ground floor of the Red Cross building. The lawmakers have further recommended overhaul renovation of the current Kitchen, restaurant, bar, still room and members’ lounge.

Appearing before the Mr Muturi’s team, Mr Savula said the sugar report was compromised at committee level. He said there were tell-tale signs that some members were using the report for rent-seeking, citing claims of ‘cosiness’ between some of the witnesses and committee members.

The committee chairman Ezekiel Machogu said his committee has been talking to Speaker Justin Muturi to ensure the recommendations report is implemented.

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