Aaron Cheruiyot, a memmer of bi-partisan committee refutes claims of receiving Ksh 106 million as a payout to Ruto – Raila talks.
Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot has denied a media report that the National Dialogue Committee will spend a whooping Sh106 million.
The committee is a product of President William Ruto and ODM leader Raila Odinga choosing to dialogue to address issues of contention between them.
A media report indicated that the talks will cost Sh106 million.
However, in a statement, Cheruiyot denied allegations that taxpayers’ money was being used to finance the talks.
“Please establish the facts of any matter before running a campaign on it. We have never been paid any allowance. There has never been a charge to taxpayers on behalf of NADCO,” the Senator stated in response to an article published by a local publication.
According to the report, most of the Ksh106 million would cater to the ten-member team’s allowances with the rest going to the technical team’s allowances and other uses such as venue, security and food.
Of the amount, Sh10 million is meant for “document translation” and Sh15,000,000 for the publication of 1,000 copies of materials.
An additional Sh9.7 million has been allocated for contingency.
The talks co-chair, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, and National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wa, would get Ksh50,000 each per sitting for the 20 sittings they will lead. This totals up to Ksh2 million.
The other 8 dialogue committee members would take home Ksh40, 000 per sitting coming in at Ksh6.4 million for the 20 sittings.
Additionally, the bipartisan talks technical team was poised to earn Ksh25,000 per sitting.
The team is made up of 8 members, therefore this figure translates to Ksh4 million for the 60-day period.
Other costs mentioned in the article include Ksh4.6 million which will be paid to Bomas of Kenya as the host, and Ksh8 million for a retreat in Naivasha.
“The fact that Parliament has seconded members of its secretariat to the talks team means taxpayers’ money is involved in the Bomas talks. Both the National Assembly and the Senate approved a motion legally establishing the ongoing talks,” wrote Nation.
The staggering figure has sparked an uproar among Kenyans who termed it a waste of resources.