That is, each MP will receive Sh160 million ($98,000 or £60,000) , a record send-off package approved by the treasury last year, Finance Minister Saada Mkuya confirmed to The Citizen on Wednesday. She also admitted that some legislators had collected their share from designated banks.
An opposition MP, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a member was allowed to draw up to Sh80 million of the Sh160 million from the banks. But she added that she knew of colleagues who had borrowed up to Sh150 million. “I have also borrowed Sh40 million for some projects,” she added. “I know some of my colleagues who have also collected theirs.”
The 375 MPs already receive approximately $7,000 (Sh12 million) in monthly salaries, a $22,200 a year for attending parliamentary sessions and an annual care allowance of about $13,000.