Kandara Member of Parliament Alice Wahome has claimed that Eldas lawmaker Adan Keynan earns over KSh 1 million in mileage.
Speaking to Citizen TV on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Wahome revealed that she lost her emoluments after she was kicked out as Justice and Legal Affairs Committee (JLAC) vice-chairperson.
“I was knocked out of my position as JLAC vice-chairperson which caused me to lose personal emoluments of the vice-chair. I have lost about KSh 150,000 by reason of Jubilee’s monkey business,” Wahome said.
The Kandara lawmaker who is a close ally of Deputy President William Ruto said that she no longer gets mileage allowance after she was kicked out of her position as the vice-chair of JLAC.
“I also don’t get mileage. MPs who live within 750 km from Nairobi and have to travel to and from far have some of these benefits at their disposal,” Wahome added.
Wahome said that mileage is paid to people living beyond 750 km.
“This means that I don’t earn this mileage but Keynan earns over KSh 2 million a month. A few MPs from the Mt Kenya region earn between KSh 30,000 to KSh 40,000. Keynan among others who live far away take home over KSh 1 million,” Wahome said.
According to Wahome, some MPs travel then come back to make a claim of payment.
“All I can say is that mileage is one of the largest cartel businesses in parliament,” she said.
But in a quick rejoinder, Keynan who doubles as commissioner, Parliamentary Service Commission said that the issue of the mileage is handled by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).
“The issue of the mileage is part of the SRC which decides on the remuneration of public officers. All the benefits that the Kenyan MPs get are decided by SRC,” Keynan said.
In early June 2021, lawmakers threatened to paralyse the reading of the budget to protest over cash release delay.
Some MPs say they have not received mileage allowances for the past two months.
This point to a deepening problem at the National Treasury at a time when devolved units have issued a notice to shut down operations citing a billing cash crush.