A group of Kenyan MPs have traveled to Russia to watch the World Cup at the taxpayers’ expense, angering many citizens.
Kenya has never qualified for the World Cup finals and has not reached any major international tournament since the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations.
The country’s The Star newspaper reported that around 20 MPs travelled to Russia at the beginning ofJuly and were expected to attend Sunday’s final between Croatia and France.
The cost of accommodation, per diems and match tickets was being met by the Kenyan government, it said.
The newspaper estimates the total cost of the MPs’ trip to be around $450,000 (Sh45 million, 385,000 euros).
By comparison, the minimum wage in Kenya is between $120 and $280 per month, depending on the skill.
In parliament, National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi confirmed the trip but said it was “not a bad thing”.
“They must prepare a report when they come back and table it in parliament. That’s the standard procedure,” he said.
Kenyans online have reacted angrily to move by the parliamentarians.
@PaulBanks_09 20 Kenyan officials are splashing millions of dollars watching football in RUSSIA, these MPs are spending your money not their money, African nations have a common disease…
— Andrew Katsigaire (@AndrewKatsigair) July 12, 2018
So some Kenyan MPs are in Russia on a benchmarking trip to learn how to host the World Cup?🤣🤣🤣🤣
Remind me, when did we last qualify to Africa Cup of Nations? pic.twitter.com/yH3hahkYbg
— Ahmedkadar (@Ahmedkadar1) July 12, 2018
Congratulations to you tax paying Kenyans for funding so many of your MPs to go to Russia on a 2 week World Cup holiday.
— Japhetha Waitina (@Currie_Powder) July 12, 2018