MPs protest Sh5,000 new fee for lost cards
5 months ago, 25 Apr 07:26
MPs have protested a decision by their employer, the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC), to increase the cost of replacing lost chamber log-in cards to Sh5,000 up from the current Sh2,000.
The PSC announced to MPs Tuesday evening that it is in the process of upgrading the chamber communication system that will see their log-in cards replaced with a more sophisticated one.
Deputy Speaker Moses Cheboi in a communication said the new charge is as a result of the upgraded systems.
He, however, said the current cards and the new ones that MPs are expected to sign for will run concurrently until June 4, 2018 when the current ones will be phased out.
At the moment, the PSC, through the Clerks’ office charge Sh2,000 for every card lost, misplaced or damaged.
“I don’t want to challenge your communication because there nothing out of order. But it is very unfair for MPs to be charged Sh5,000 when the PSC has an annual budget of more than Sh26 billion,” Mr Duale said immediately after Mr Cheboi issued a communication on the new charges of replacing misplaced or lost log-in cards.
Mr Duale was supported by Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi and his Kisumu Town West counterpart Olago Aluoch who demanded a review of the new charges.
“We need to consult MPs and the leadership must be consulted before the application of the new charges. We will definitely come back to Clerk office,” Mr Duale said.
Mr Wamunyinyi said the PSC has a budget to facilitate MPs parking and access to Parliament and therefore there is no point charging them Sh5,000 for lost cards.
“I join Mr Duale in appealing for the reversal of that aspect of the charges,” Mr Wamunyinyi said. Mr Olago said MPs don’t lose their cards but the cards get misplaced.
“I support Leader of Majority and Kanduyi MP Mr Wamunyinyi that members need to be involved in some sort of public participation before the new rates apply,” Mr Olago said.
The deputy Speaker told MPs that the communication from the PSC had been done and MPs are free to continue consulting.
“No MP is being asked to pay for the cards. We are saying that don’t lose your card. You will only be charged if you lose it.
"If you don’t want to be charged, then don’t lose your card. Please safely keep them. If you lose your cards, you simply pay for it,” Mr Cheboi said.
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