Court orders MPs to pay back Ksh. 1.2 Billion allowance they awarded themselves

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Members of Parliament have been ordered to pay back Ksh. 1.2 Billion that they unlawfully awarded themselves two years ago.

A three judge bench at the High Court The High Court of Kenya directed the clerk of the Senate and National Assembly to recover the money paid to the MPs.

The 416 MPs had awarded themselves Ksh. 250,000 monthly house allowance each.

Justices Weldon Korir, Pauline Nyamweya and John Mativo unanimously ruled that SRC acted within its mandate by directing Clerks of Parliament not to pay the allowance which did not interfere with the constitution independence of parliament and PSC.

The MPs will each be required to pay back Sh2.8 million from their salaries within the next one year.

Omtatah had argued the payment is a double benefit as house allowance is already included by SRC in MPs’ gross pay.

He stated that no state officer is paid a house allowance outside their gross pay, hence, any payment of house allowance outside the gross pay is unconstitutional.