Kenyan MPs raise their pay

2010-07-01 14:41
Nairobi - Kenyan lawmakers voted to raise their pay by up to a quarter to 1.09 million shillings ($13 330) a month, provoking anger and criticism from the general public and the media.

The nation's members of parliament are already some of the best-paid legislators in the world, a fact that has drawn fire from their constituents who believe they should be paid less.

Kenya's annual economic survey for 2010 shows the country's GDP per capita is dwarfed by the lawmakers' salaries at 57 887 shillings ($708) per year.

"Will paying them more keep their fingers out of the public till?" Standard newspaper said in an editorial titled "Take the money, but spare us the hypocrisy".

"Integrity of MPs should be measured by the same ruler they use for the same country," said the editorial, attacking corruption and high pay for members of parliament.

Kenyans are due to vote for a new constitution on August 4, which would, among other things, stop legislators from setting their own salaries.

Prime minister pay rise

Lawmakers recommended late on Wednesday that the prime minister gets 2.9 million shillings a month, the vice president 2.2 million shillings and the speaker 2.1 million shillings.

"They really don't care about the welfare of ordinary citizens. There are other more pressing matters we should be attending to like improving infrastructure instead of increasing salaries," said Kimani Muru, a tour guide in Nairobi.

Kenya's economy is still recovering from the aftermath of a bloody post-election crisis in 2007/8 and an ensuing world economic downturn.

Legislators first angered the public by quadrupling their salaries in 2003 as their first order of business after elections.

Unlike in the past, the legislators voted to pay taxes, but only on their allowances. The lawmakers also voted for a 5% pay rise annually to cushion themselves against rises in the cost of living.

"Yet another drastic pay hike for MPs ... is the most outrageous, insensitive, immoral and intolerant abuse and impunity by Kenya's officialdom the country has ever witnessed," umbrella body Kenya Alliance of Resident Associations.

Read more on:    kenya  |  east africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

LOL! Best outdoor girl fails

It’s not only guys who have FAIL moments! Here are some of the funniest outdoor fails where girls are the victims!

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

90-year-old's incredible travels
10 facts about swimming you didn't know
Halloween night run
Exciting new zipline for Cape Town!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R2100 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Hot offer: Up to 50% off irons

Save up to 50% on all Philips irons. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There may be some tension that is caused through social conflicts -- personal interests versus obligations. You may feel an...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.