MP Wants Interns Given Stipends And Leave Days

Kenyan MP Naisula Lesuuda has introduced a bill in the Parliament seeking to have interns attached to government ministries and institutions provided with mandatory monthly stipends.

The Public Service Internship Bill 2021 also seeks to provide interns with insurance of personal accident cover and leave days.

The insurance cover shall be valid for the internship duration, which should not exceed twelve months.

According to the Bill, leave days include sick leave and paternity or maternity leave.

“An intern engaged in the public service shall be eligible for payment of such monthly stipend as Labour Cabinet Secretary shall prescribe in regulations,” reads part of the Bill.

The lawmaker maintains that interns, just like other public servants, contribute to the government’s workforce by offering their professional skills as trainees.

The Bill further proposes that an internship be terminated if an intern fails to report to their workstation without permission or any reasonable reason.

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