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Parliament has been sabotaging SRC funding. Therefore, if SRC will be the charged with the responsibility of being the authority that determines whether Governors, Senators, MPs and MCAs can travel abroad officially, then they must have financial independence i.e. there must be no way either senate or parliament can interfere with their funding, as is currently.No MP, Senator, Governor or MCA should ever go for an ‘official’ foreign trip without permission. Maybe SRC can act as the permission issuing body. This is because more than 90% of those ‘official trips’ are unnecessary and are just ways to fleece suffering Kenyans.
If they want to go for foreign trips to relax, they should do what doctors, nurses, teachers and farmers do: Pay from their own pockets. This would interfere with their independence? So what? Their independence to perform their duties will not be curtailed in any way, but their eating independence will be hit hard.
Having a body with such an authority is very necessary since patriotism of many Kenyan politicians is at an all time low. Some Kenyan politicians have no shame. How can someone not feel any shame traveling 2 times within 6 months to the same country (US) to attend some funny “official” meetings at taxpayers’ expense?
Not too long ago, a County clerk got a vote of no confidence for refusing to authorise MCAs to go on a “familiarisation tour” of the US.
Unfortunately, this lack of patriotism by a significant section of Kenyan politicians is not new. About 20 years ago, a certain Ambassador from a first world country visited a county council (current County government) that is less than 300 km from Nairobi.
He told the councillors (current MCAs) that his government wanted to help the District (County) achieve their no. 1 priority project. They told him that the most important project that they believed would help their District the most, was for his government to fund them (Councillors) to go visit his country, so they could learn how to develop their district.
Naturally, the Ambassador refused their request. Therefore, no project was funded in the District.
NOTE: If Speaker, or whoever authorises MPs/Senators travels, put his foot down and ordered that there would be no travel abroad unless its absolutely necessary, he would be impeached.
That is why there needs to be an independent authority - with independent funding that does not go through parliament/senate - that will control Kenyan politicians’ craving for foreign “fun” travel at taxpayers’ expense.
NB: What if US President Donald Trump kicks them out and tells them to return home and build Kenya? Please Mr Trump, do Kenya this one favour - Order that any country with more than 10 delegates in that Mickey Mouse conference in Tennessee - Kenya & Nigeria - to send everyone else home immediately and leave only 10 behind.