Kipchumba Murkomen claims the attendees were also paid money for accommodation in the city. The senator further alleged over KSh 25 million was spent in paying the delegates. Each of the 47 counties was represented by 100 people during the Bomas event.
Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has alleged that delegates who attended the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) at Bomas of Kenya were paid handsomely for just sitting and listening.
According to the Senate Majority leader, attendees who were drawn from different parts of the country were each paid KSh 5,000 besides other allowances such as accommodation and food.
Murkomen further alleged over KSh 25 million was spent to pay the delegates.
“If you ask the delegates who attended the event, they will tell you each one of them was paid KSh 5,000 and that amounts to over KSh 25 million,” he said.
The vocal politician who was booed when he was giving his speech during the event, said the country will see more of such meetings in future which will not lead to anything meaningful.
“The BBI was just a foundation for other similar events, you will see we will go around holding conference after workshop, then a seminar and another launch,” he said.
The event was attended only by those who received invitation cards, with each of the 47 counties being represented by 100 people.
One of the attendees from Uasin Gishu county who spoke to under condition of anonymity said they were paid to facilitate their movement and accommodation, although he did not disclose the exact figure.
“We were only given a small token just to facilitate our movement to the venue and those who wanted to spend a night in Nairobi were also given some money,” he said.