Kenyans are livid after news emerged that 20 MPs have travelled to watch the World Cup at the taxpayers’ expense.
The globetrotting MPs are scheduled to watch four games, including Sunday’s showpiece final between France and Croatia, in a two-week trip to Russia estimated to be costing hundreds of thousands of US dollars.
Sports Minister Rashid said he had authorised only six MPs to travel, to help understand how to organise such big events with bidding to host the 2023 World Athletics Championships.
But many Kenyans consider the trip was a waste of money in a country where the average person lives on $150 (£113) a month.
It is only in kenya where the taxpayers money is used to facilitate 20 MPS in world cup fiesta-Russia. Unfortunately they cannot even attend a local football function to embrace local talent but are busy flaunting their pictures in Russia. Somehow we have been misled #Big4Inaweza
— chogo erastus (@ChogoErastus) July 12, 2018
"It's their responsibility to understand sports, how to host such international tournaments"
Will they be around if and when Kenya will capable of hosting such games?https://t.co/wMeHih915H via @TheStarKenya
— Ken (@Ken_Int) July 12, 2018
Kenya is drowning in debt and yet we can send “officials” to the World Cup. Even England didn’t send any. Somebody save us! 😳
— Odoyo Owidi (@owidi5) July 12, 2018
When travelling on official business, Kenyan MPs are entitled to daily allowances for expenses of around $1,000, though a parliamentary source claims members of parliament usually travel first class.
Kenyan MPs are believed to be among the best paid in the world but last year they got a 15% pay cut to $6,100 a month.
They also lost some of their generous allowances, such as for mileage and attending parliament as president Uhuru Kenyatta looks to crackdown on corruption.