(Apologies to the real pigs...)
EAST Africa Cooperation minister, John Koech yesterday defended the controversial gratuity perks for legislators, saying the lawmakers, like other civil servants, deserve gratuity after expiry of their contract, adding that this is similar all over the world.
The MP cited Tanzania as one of the countries where parliamentarians were awarded token handshake after expiry of their term in office and said Kenya should follow suit.
Koech said it was sad to note that former legislators who contributed immensely to the development of this country were leading miserable lives after exit from the august house.
Said Koech: “Let’s not see MPs package in the negative light and those politicking the issue should stop.
It is shameful to see some former lawmakers soliciting for handouts despite their contributions.”
Speaking in Kericho, Koech defended the current emoluments of MPs, saying the pay was okay.