Lissu must show up – Ndugai

08Feb 2019
Felister Peter
DODOMA
The Guardian
Lissu must show up – Ndugai

National Assembly Speaker Job Ndugai has threatened to halt payment of salary and other benefits to Singida East MP Tundu Lissu (Chadema) as the Office of the Speaker has no official information as to his whereabouts.

MP Tundu Lissu (Chadema).

“There is a need to stop paying him. Continuing to pay him would result into an ‘audit query’ because the National Assembly does not have any official report on his whereabouts,” said Speaker Ndugai when responding to a request by Geita Rural MP, Joseph Kasheku Msukuma.

The MP asked for Speaker’s guidance on why Parliament should not halt salary and other payments to Lissu since he is not attending parliamentary sessions.

He claimed that the opposition chief whip (Chadema) who was previously reported to be hospitalized abroad, is now touring foreign countries, insulting the House, top leaders and the government.

“I don’t see the reason why Parliament continues to pay Lissu in absentia. He is busy insulting the government and our leaders,” said Msukuma.

Ndugai said Parliament doesn’t not have any reference from doctors on whether Lissu is sick, promising to do what is in his capacity.

“I appreciate your advice. I will act accordingly,” said Speaker Ndugai.

Last week, Speaker Ndugai said the House has so far paid a total of 250m/- to the Singida East lawmaker since he was admitted at Nairobi hospital and Belgium for specialized treatment.

 The National Assembly  first provided 43m/-to foot Lissu’s medical bill at the Nairobi hospital and another 207,872,000/- was paid to the MP at different times when undergoing medical treatment outside the country, he said.

Ndugai noted that the National Assembly has all the documents to prove the payments were made to Singida East MP, and promised to make the documents public if the MP insists it is the contrary.

Lissu was gravely wounded in a submachine gun attack, hit by a volley of bullets on September 7, 2017, rushed to Dodoma General Referral Hospital before being moved to Nairobi hospital. After four months in Nairobi he was flown to Belgium.

Last April, Speaker Ndugai said that Chadema had failed to submit to the National Assembly important documents from the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), the Ministry of Health and the President’s Office for Parliament to foot his medical bills.

The Speaker said that under a new system, any MP seeking to acquire funding for medical treatment outside the country must submit permits from the three sources to the Speaker’s Office in order for their request to be worked upon.

 

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