Editor's Review

Former nominated senator Isaac Mwaura is set to lose hefty perks after he was ousted as senator.

Isaac Mwaura yesterday, May 11, 2021, lost his Senate seat after Speaker Ken Lusaka issued a gazette notice declaring it vacant.

Following the ouster, Mwaura is set to lose hefty perks he earned as a senator, adding to the outstanding car and mortgage loans he is currently servicing.

Business Daily on May 12, reported that MPs take home Ksh710,000 each as basic salary. This is on top of a monthly Ksh250,000 housing allowance, Ksh5 million car grant, Ksh7 million car loan and Ksh20 million mortgage.

Other perks include;  lucrative sitting perks, travel allowances, and mileage allowance.

According to the publication, each MP earns Ksh5,000 per plenary sitting, which translates to Ksh60,000 per week. However, it was tamed to below Ksh45,000 per week following the reduction of sittings due to the Covid-19 pandemic which saw parliament limit in-person attendances.

Normally, Senate conducts its sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and the whole day on Wednesdays.

The Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) further provides a Ksh10 million inpatient cover for each legislator's family, Ksh300,000 for outpatient, Ksh150,000 for maternity and Ksh75,000 for dental care.

The commission also provides security personnel, researchers, office assistants, drivers and Ksh50,000 monthly for office rent for the legislators.

Mwaura will, however, enjoy Ksh125,000 monthly pension having served for two terms, first as an ODM nominated MP between 2013 and 2017.

Mwaura found himself at the wrong end of the barrel after he ditched President Uhuru Kenyatta's camp for the Deputy President William Ruto-led "Hustler Nation".

The former nominated senator was accused by Jubilee of attacking the first family, the Kenyatta and Moi families, and was dismissed during a disciplinary hearing at the party's Pangani headquarters in February 2021.

“It is notified for the information of the general public that pursuant to Article 103 (1) (e) (i) of the Constitution and section 37 of the Elections Act, the seat of the Member of the Senate elected under Article 98 (1) (d) of the Constitution and held by Hon. Isaac Mwaura Maigua became vacant, with effect from the 7th May, 2021. Dated the 10th May, 2021,” the gazette notice read in part.