County women reps to get 2 cars on taxpayers’ bill

Newly elected MPs at an induction workshop in Nairobi last week. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Newly elected MPs at an induction workshop in Nairobi last week. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Each of the 47 County Women Representatives is set to receive two top-of-the-range cars for their use.

The National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) said the newly elected women representatives will be given the vehicles that the government allocated their predecessors in the 11th Parliament.

“We shall be allocating each of the 47 women representatives two vehicles for use in their counties after a retreat we have organised for them on September 29, 2017,” NGAAF chief executive Magdalene Kipkenei told MPs during the induction programme that ended last Friday.

The vehicles were controversially procured during the tenure of former Devolution secretary Anne Waiguru.

Ms Waiguru faced a storm in Parliament following her decision to buy a state-of-the-art Chevrolet vehicle with GK registration number plates.

The 47 MPs in the previous Parliament were handed the vehicles early last year. They were bought under the Affirmative Action and Social Empowerment Fund created under the Ministry of Devolution.

The fund, with a seed capital of Sh2 billion, was factored in the 2016/17 budget at the time when the National Assembly denied senators Sh1 billion for monitoring and evaluating the performance of county governments. 

The Devolution ministry budgeted Sh5 billion for affirmative action activities in the financial year starting July 1.

Each of the 418 members of the bi-cameral Parliament, including women representatives and nominated lawmakers, are entitled to a car grant of Sh7 million.

This means that women representatives have two top-of-the-range cars, bought by the taxpayer at their disposal.

Then Gem MP and deputy leader of minority Jakoyo Midiwo said the move to buy vehicles for the 47 MPs amounted to abuse of office.

“All these GKs in our parking lots are surprising. I have never boarded my CDF (Constituency Development Fund) GK registered vehicle. This is abuse of office,” the Gem MP said.