Former Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula was on Thursday, September 8, declared the Speaker of the 13th National Assembly.
The Ford Kenya party leader clinched the much-coveted seat after amassing 215 votes against 130 garnered by his competitor Kenneth Marende, who bowed out before the second round of voting.
Wetang’ula who is now the eighth National Assembly Speaker in Kenya’s history officially took over the country’s third most powerful position from Justin Muturi.
As such, the Papa wa Roma as he is commonly referred to will enjoy a huge salary and other perks befitting his new status.
From KSh 30,000 pay in 1982, Wetang’ula will now walk home with a salary of KSh 1, 160,000 every month as detailed in the National Assembly Remuneration Act, Chapter 5 and the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) circular.
Wetang’ula, who is the ex-officio Member of Parliament will also be entitled to a car loan of KSh 10 million which shall be maintained at a cost of KSh 900,000 taxpayer’s money.
Apart from a mortgage of KSh 40 million, the former senate minority leader will also be provided with an official car with an engine capacity not exceeding 3000cc and a KSh 25,000 monthly airtime allowance.
Wetang’ula who will be tasked with presiding over debates in the House will also be provided with an impressive medical cover.
Further, Wetang’ula’s wife and four of his children will be enrolled in the scheme which includes KSh 10 million in inpatient care, KSh 300,000 outpatient, KSh 150,000 maternity, and KSh 100,000 dental and optical each.
Born on September 13, 1956, the UoN Bachelors of Law degree holder first tried his hand at politics in 1992 when he was nominated as a Member of Parliament by then ruling party KANU.
In 1997, Wetang’ula won his first elective seat and since then he has never lost an election.