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WORLD CUP JAMBOREE! Outrage as 20 Kenyan lawmakers travel to Russia at taxpayers expense, spend Sh25 million

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Kenyans are angry and they have got every right to be as 20 lawmakers from the country has gone to watch the World Cup at taxpayers’ expense.

The lawmakers are watching four games, including the final, in a two-week trip to Russia estimated to be costing hundreds of thousands of US dollars.

The MPs caught the attention of Kenyans when they posted selfies in a stadium.

One of those who travelled, Senator Millicent Omanga, certainly seemed to be enjoying herself, as her Facebook post shows:

Sports Minister Rashid Echesa told the BBC he had authorised only six MPs to travel, to help understand how to organise such big events.

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Kenya have never qualified for a World Cup final and are currently ranked 112 out of 206 nations by football’s world governing body, Fifa.

However, the East African nation is one of the world’s most successful at athletics and has submitted a bid to host the 2023 World Athletics Championships.

But many Kenyans thought the trip was a waste of money, in a country where the average person lives on $150 (£113) a month.

BBC AFRICA

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