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How NASA MPs are stealing from voters

Jeff Omari

MPs allied to the NASA coalition. [Photo/ The Star]

Members of parliament elected on parties affiliated with the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition have been giving their constituents a raw deal, following their continued failure to do the job they were elected to perform.

Since President Uhuru Kenyatta officially opened parliament, the ‘NASA MPs’ have publicly maintained that they are not keen to attend the parliamentary proceedings at the Senate and National Assembly, while they secretly check in to earn their allowances.

After quickly entering their names among MPs present in the House, they proceed to the streets to stage anti-IEBC demos — something they were not elected to do.

As the minority in parliament, the lawmakers are supposed to take part in the discussions, and oppose anything they feel does not resonate well with the interests of their voters. As they say, the minority will have their say while the majority have their way. That is what democracy is all about.

All NASA MPs got their seats through a general election presided over by IEBC. It is ironical that they staging street demonstrations, which always turn into looting sprees, against the very body that declared them winners.

If the lawmakers genuinely doubt the competence of the electoral commission, why not resign and go for fresh polls, presided over by a body they approve? Even better, the MPs can skip eight consecutive parliamentary sittings and have their site declared vacant.

What they are displaying is hypocrisy and dishonesty of the highest order. They are about to earn their third salaries as MPs, yet they have not started doing their jobs. How unfair is this to their voters and the Kenyan taxpayers?

The people are watching keenly as they get conned by the lazy legislators. They will express their displeasure at the ballot by sending them home for good.

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