Strikingly, the new proposals seek to open the bracket of MPs who can sit in committees and draw allowances.

In other words, it is a way of expanding the base so that all MPs can benefit from the additional cash.

It is not lost on many that the various caps imposed by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission on compensation for MPs have shrunk their earnings and they have been unhappy. This explains why they are keen to explore other options to raise their incomes.

To be sure, committee allowances are capped at Sh80,000 a month.

Amending the Standing Orders is a routine matter that arises every other time, when circumstances demand.

But it should be guided by altruistic motives, not selfish desires that impact negatively on public resources.

Away from the polarising inter-party politics, the current Parliament must act differently.

It must take its works seriously and avoid those manoeuvres designed to benefit MPs and end up pitting them against the public.

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