In Summary
  • On average, 10 out of the 47 MCAs attend assembly sessions which run from Tuesday through to Thursday.
  • The opening session lasted 10 minutes with only five MCAs in attendance.
  • Nation.co.ke was denied such permission on Tuesday, when there were less than 10 MCAs in the House.
  • Any MCA who signs the attendance register is paid an allowance, no matter how long they sit in the House.

Nyeri ward representatives are skipping assembly sittings but still earn millions in allowances.

This as the House is hit by low attendance as the ward reps start campaigns to defend their seats.

The fourth session has made history as the worst attended.

On average, 10 out of the 47 MCAs attend assembly sessions which run from Tuesday through to Thursday.

Since the Assembly resumed on February 9, 2016, the Speaker has adjourned sitting thrice due to lack of quorum.

The opening session lasted 10 minutes with only five MCAs in attendance.

To prevent them from taking photos of empty chambers, journalists have to get permission from the Speaker to bring cameras to the gallery.

Nation.co.ke was denied such permission on Tuesday, when there were less than 10 MCAs in the House.

This is despite the fact that taxpayers forked Sh19.6 million to pay the MCAs sitting allowances in 2015.

SPENT MORE THAN ALLOWED

In February 2016, the Controller of Budget also singled out Nyeri as one of the counties that has spent more money to pay for allowances than is allowed by the law.

During one of the poorly attended sessions, temporary Speaker John King’ori ordered that only the eight present in the chambers should sign the attendance register, which is used to determine which MCAs earn sitting allowances.

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