COTU Seeks to Have Senate, County Assemblies Abolished for Over burdening Kenyans

Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) now wants the government to consider a constitutional amendment that will disband the Senate and 47 County assemblies.

The Union’s assistant Secretary General Benson Okwaro said taxpayers had been milked dry funding the two legislative houses and yet the country was better off without them.

This call comes at a time when the country is grappling with an annually sky rocketing wage bill coupled with a public debt currently standing at at least KSh 4.6 trillion.

“In its efforts to look money, the government must act pro actively and in a manner that will not interfere with the little earnings of the poor people and employees,” said Okwaro.

He underscored the need for the government to source finances to fund its projects but lamented the fact that this had resulted to exorbitant taxes being imposed on the citizens.

He called for the re-evaluation of worthiness of Senators and Members of County Assemblies (MCAs) expressing fears there was a possibility they were receiving heavy salaries for doing nothing.

This comes even as MPs have taken issues with their ‘idle’ senate counterparts for infringing in mandates outside their jurisdiction further fueling the discourse that the Senate has no tangible function.

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