Photos of Kenyan lawmakers at the 2018 World Cup in Russia have angered citizens of the East African country in the light of the poor economic situation of the country.
It is reported that some Members of Parliament travelled to Russia to watch live World Cup matches at the expense of taxpayers’ money, reports Tuko.
Photos of the politicians enjoying themselves at the stadium circulated on social media moments before the kick off of the semi final clash between Croatia and England on Wednesday night.
In defence of the travelling lawmakers, Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa revealed his office authorised travel of six MPs from sports committees to go learn how such big sporting events are conducted.
Other reports indicated around 20 leaders flew down to the world’s largest nation for a two-week trip.
Kenya’s national team Harambee Stars have never qualified for the World Cup competition and the furthest they ever participated was at the African Nations Cup in 2004.
See some tweets from Kenyans below:
….Kenya who rank 112th in FIFA rankings should not allow its MPs come close to any Russian boarders because what is in Russia now is alien to Kenyans but they are taking selfies in Moscow, amazing!
— Andrew Katsigaire (@AndrewKatsigair) 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
Around 20 Kenyan Parliamentarians Travelled to Russia to Attend World Cup Football Tournament:
Parliament Defended The Trip as Official Benchmarking to Give MPs First Hand Experience on How to Host International Tournaments????
— GeorgeIsaiahShivekah (@isaiahmusindi) July 12, 2018
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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