“Those from whose pocket the salary is drawn, and by whose appointment the officer was made, have always a right to discuss the merits of their officers, and their modes of exercising the duties they are paid to perform.”
As newly elected MPs grumble over lowered pay, here’s my two cents: Kenyans need to be made aware that it is not an MP’s job to feed, clothe, take them to hospital, repair their roads, fundraise for them, bury them, etc. An MP makes laws, that’s it; that’s what he’s paid to do.
Now every MP can choose to be a legislator doing what he’s paid to (and probably not get re-elected); or they can choose to perpetuate the culture of handouts and let “wananichi” continue with the assumption that MP’s are cash cows (usually for the sake of of their own re-electtion). But they should only do the latter if it is funded by their own resources; especially as most already spend millions campaigning to get in knowing fully well their salaries won’t cover such expense.
The premise that MPs are an unofficial welfare system still does nothing to to further their odious push for inordinately high pay -especially as there exists a Constituency Development Fund-in the face of mass poverty in the proletariat. There’s really no way to justify higher and unsustainable pay for duties they’ve taken on that are not part of their job description and which in fact create an endemic and problematic culture that fosters misrepresentation of what an MP’s work is, and this to the detriment of future aspirants.
Otherwise MPs might as well come clean and tell the world that their motivation is money, not service, which then means we are looking at future actors in sleaze and graft since it is quite clear that that is but the only other avenue left to recoup campaign spend as well as feather nests while playing daddy to entire constituencies.