Kenyans have taken to social media to condemn the government for wasting tax payers money after details emerged that 20 MPs have travelled to Russia for two weeks for the World Cup.
As reported by The Star Newspaper, the entourage includes 14 members of the National Assembly and six senators.
Sports CS Rashid Achesa allegedly told The Star that officials from his ministry have not travelled to Russia.
“We were invited but opted out. It is too expensive and a waste of money. It would have cost the government about Sh3.8 million if he had travelled,” the CS is quoted by The Star.
Rashid further said that the ministry only recommended six MPs from the Sports Committee for the travel.
Parliament defended the decision to send the delegation to Russia, saying it was an official bench-marking opportunity for Kenya to learn how to host International tournaments.
The Kenyan delegation in Russia includes senators Cleopha Malala ( Kakamega), Aaron Cheruyiot ( Kericho) and Judy Pareno and Millicent Omanga. The MPs include, Peter Kaluma (Homa Bay Town), Wafula Wamunyinyi ( Kanduyi), Victor Munyaka (Machakos ) who chairs the Sports committee and Sylvanus Maritim (Ainamoi).
When travelling on official business, MPs draw daily allowances of about Sh100,000 for expenses .
Kenyans are questioning why none of Harambee Stars players were even sponsored by the Ministry.