Tabitha Karanja Keroche, the new senator-elect for Nakuru, has clarified a proposal she made to the new president-elect, William Ruto, in which she asked him to set up a fuel kitty for incoming lawmakers. This proposal caused a lot of controversy.
Karanja said that she hadn’t asked for the money for herself, but for her coworkers who might not have been able to do their jobs as supervisors otherwise.
She said that at the time, it seemed like the Senate was only for successful people who didn’t need any help from the government.
“Let me make it clear, I was not asking for the kitty for myself because I can do with or without it. I was looking out for their young politician who is coming in must be accomplished,” She explained.
The first-time senator said she didn’t know about the rules that her future boss, the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC), put in place to make things easier for lawmakers.
“After going through the orientation process, I realised that there was a lot I did not know. These things are already available in terms of the mileage, mortgage and cars,” Karanja remarked.
Keroche’s owner, who is now familiar with the policies and benefits, said that she and her colleagues had no more excuses not to fulfill the fundamental responsibility they had been given by the voters.
“I can say that we are well taken care of and I will not ask for fuel again. We do not need any kitty and so we do not have no excuse not to perform,” she added.
The remarks were made by Karanja at a Thanksgiving ceremony held at Larmudiac High School, which was also attended by Kenya Kwanza. Karanja was reacting to a clarion call by the new Head of State to all political leaders to begin working for the people.