Nairobi, July 25 -- The Parliamentary Budget and Appropriations Committee (BAC) has supported a Bill on paying village elders allowances amounting to Sh4.6 billion annually.

The committee has cleared the publication of the National Government Coordination (Amendment) Bill, 2023 which will see each village elder paid Sh7,000 monthly in allowances.

The Bill, sponsored by Kibwezi West MP Mwengi Mutuse is seeking to remunerate the 45,000 volunteers working in 9,045 sub-locations, according to the Ministry of Interior data.

Mr Mutuse told the National Assembly's BAC that each sub-location is assumed to have five villages and village heads.

"It will cost about Sh4.6 billion annually to pay allowances to the 45,000 village elders. The villag...