Kenyan-born Australian Senator Lucy Gichuhi will pay back $1,600 (Australian$2,139) she used to fly two relatives to her birthday party, according to an article published by the Herald Sun on Saturday . The Senator who was sworn in Australian parliament last year to become the first black African member of the federal parliament, has been accused of treating tax payer’s money as her ATM.

“Regarding the media reports about my travel expenses, this was an administrative error involving misunderstanding of travel rules. I’ve raised an invoice from the department to pay the costs of $2139 in full,” tweeted Ms Gichuhi on Sunday.

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