Mixed reactions as a section of National Assembly Members have issued a new demand to the government in connection to their well-being.
The lawmakers reportedly demand stand-by chopper services to be available to the lawmakers in case of a sudden illness.
This sparked outrage from a section of Kenyans including the ruling Jubilee party Nominated Senator Millicent Omanga allied to the Deputy President William Ruto who to took to her Twitter handle page to express her displeasure over her fellow lawmakers’ demand.
Omanga stated that the lawmakers sometimes justify why citizens lash at them, adding that the demand for stand-by chopper services was an insult to common mwanaichi who have been denied usage of the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) cover in case they contract the deadly respiratory disease.
“Kenyans are justified to be angry at us, MPs, for asking for a chopper to evacuate us whenever one of us contracts COVID-19. Because our iniquitous demand is an insult to them especially when NHIF has refused to offer cover & Nyeri has discontinued UHC. We deserve the flogging, ” Omanga posted on her Twitter handle page.
Omanga’s sentiment sounded like that of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) President Nelson Havi who said the lawmakers should aggressively work towards improving the health infrastructure across the country instead of making unbelievable demands.
What attracted so many Kenyans’ attention is, the services the lawmakers are demanding would be offered at the expense of the taxpayers who are currently struggling to put something on the table for their families following the economic fallout caused by the deadly virus that has sent the entire globe into panic.
The lawmakers’ stand-by chopper services demand came in the wake of Matungu member of parliament Justus Murunga’s death.