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Published:August 14th, 2007 09:19 EST
Politics in Kenya and the Loss of Intellect

Politics in Kenya and the Loss of Intellect

By Francis Karugah

A former church cleric recently said that the Kenyan parliament is where all intellectual knowledge dies. The reason for saying that is because most of the politicians in parliament think of themselves first instead of the public that elected them.  Take for instance; their recent request to award themselves a retirement package even the most vocal of opposition mps did not raise a finger on the matter.

The Kenyan mps are among the highest paid legislators in the world, but the question is, do they do their job? The answer is no! Most are never present for sessions, bills are rarely passed because of quorum hitches and when bills are introduced that favor them, they flock to parliament.

A recent poll suggested most mps in the house would not be re-elected if elections were done today. I agree with the poll, the greedy lot that was elected in 2002 disgusts Kenyans. Their first order of business, five years ago was to increase their salaries, very clever for a country that can barely pay its civil servants on time.

The average salary for a Kenyan mp is $10,000 plus other benefits and they still complain. In the Kenya parliament, we have a very diverse mix of personalities from professors, accountants, former teachers, reverends, engineers and of course, they are those who barely got into the classroom.  The world has been their teacher.  They are also expected to effectively manage a $50,000 fund each year. No wonder we are still a third world country.