Today, 31st August marks the day all MP’s in both the Senate and August House get sworn in but trouble lays ahead for those with second wives.
As from a circular making rounds in parliament from The Parliament Service Commission, MP’s Health insurance will only cover one wife signifying a big blow to MP’s who are polygamous.
According to the new scheme, only the MP or Senator and 5 beneficiaries are entitled to the scheme, a spouse and 4 children who should be below 25 years.
This of course has been faced with a lot of resistance with many legislators terming it as unjust and discriminatory.
“What will some of us with more than wife do? It is unfair of parliament to cater for one spouse in the medical insurance for MP’s. It should have remained as it was in the past where we were allowed to give details of two wives and five children” Raphael Wanjala, newly elected MP for Budalangi complained.
His statement was further echoed by Sirisia MP John Waluke and Fred Kapondi (Mt.Elgon).
MP’s and Senators are entitled to benefits of 10 million per family per year for inpatient services, Ksh 300,000 for outpatient services and Ksh 150,000 for maternity care per family.