Sunday, January 31, 2010

$300 a day to visit folks


Over 300 MP’s and Senators will rake in between US$65 and US$300 per day in allowances for participating in a 65 day outreach programme that is meant to collect people’s views on a new constitution...

It now turns out donors were ready to pull the plug on funding the process after the political parties insisted on increasing the number of MP’s from about 50 to include almost all 300 legislators in the lower and upper houses of Parliament. This meant the bill for the process ballooned overnight, much to the annoyance of the donors. The donors had pledged around US$16 million while the government last year said had set aside US$43 million.

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