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Economy

MPs’ allowances, travel hit in deep budget cuts

Parliament says budget cuts will affect its legislative role. FILE PHOTO | NMG
Parliament says budget cuts will affect its legislative role. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

MPs’ office rent, committee allowances and legislators travel have been hit hard by Treasury’s Sh9.9 billion cut of Parliament’s budget in what the lawmakers’ employers warns will halt House business.

The Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) has opposed the Treasury’s massive cuts on the House spending and asked a special committee reviewing the supplementary budget to reject it in total.

The Treasury has reduced the annual budget for Parliament from Sh21.2 billion to Sh17.4 billion to save money for a fresh presidential election, drought and enhanced free secondary education among others.

“This will impact domestic and foreign travel, committee services, printing and advertisement the latter largely going for public participation. This will cripple House business and is as good as telling us to close shop and go home for the next nine months,” Jeremiah Nyegenye, the secretary to the PSC told the special committee.

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