The Speaker of the National Assembly Moses Wetang’ula has urged new Members of the 13th Parliament not to forget their spouses.
Speaking on Monday, September 19, during the start of a week-long induction at the Safari Park Hotel, Wetang’ula advised the first-time lawmakers not to forget those people who made them who they are.
“Honorable members, as you embark on your work, I want to encourage you also not to forget the people who made you what you are. You are all family members please don’t come to Nairobi and forget your families,” Wetang’ula said.
The Ford Kenya party leader said at the end of the orientation, that legislators who have been in parliament for several years will have an opportunity to help their first-time counterparts with their expectations in the 13th parliament.
“We have a session towards the end where we will have some experience from spouses of female MPs and male MPs to tell you what your expectations are and how you will conduct yourselves with the newfound space,” he said.
The former senator of Bungoma further advised the legislators to travel to their constituencies at least once every week so that the ground does not shift against their favors.
“I encourage those of you who come from the countryside …every weekend try to go home so that people don’t think they elected you and throw you to Nairobi and by the time you go back home after five years, you find the ground has shifted,” the speaker said.
He further assured them to immediately take their mortgages as it is among the privileges they are entitled to.
Wetang’ula beckoned the MPs to take the house loan early to service them before their term ends.
“There is a mortgage scheme, do not wait and take it in the third year because it will be very difficult to service. Take it now, it is the cheapest in the market, with an interest rate of between two to three percent,” he said.