Kenya Parliament Blows US$9.7M On Foreign Trips


New report by Office of the Controller of Budget (OCOB) in Kenya has revealed the country’s Parliament gobbled up a staggering KSh 1 billion on foreign travels in just nine months.


The national government budget implementation review report for the first nine months of 2018-2019 financial year showed Parliament was the biggest spender on foreign travels.


The report seen by on Tuesday, August 13, indicated Parliamentary Service Commission spent KSh 497 million and the National Assembly KSh 510 million on foreign trips.


Other top spenders on trips abroad were Foreign Affairs ministry which splashed out about KSh 800 million and Sports ministry KSh 325 in the first nine months of 2018/19, according to the controller of budget.


Dust has hardly settled following the storm that was triggered by recent reports that Parliament and county assemblies sent a whopping 85 delegates to America to attend the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) at the expense of the taxpayers.


Speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate, some 85 lawmakers and their support staff reportedly jetted out of Kenya for the US conference, which kicked off on Monday, August 5, in Nashville, Tennessee.


Kenya emerged top in the world as the country with the highest number of MPs, MCAs, clerks and support staff who flew to America to attend the international summit.


Kenya was followed from a distance by Nigeria which had 20 delegates, whereas other countries had between one and six delegates attending the four-day conference.


Sources indicated the US trip could have cost the taxpayers about KSh 100 million.


Commission on Revenue Allocation notes an MCA normally pockets KSh 42,000 per day as subsistence allowance for a trip to America while MPs pocket KSh 65,000 each and Speakers of the two Houses receive KSh 75,000 each daily.


Their air tickets and accommodation were also paid for by the taxpayers.



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