Kenyan MPs vote to hike pay

2013-05-28 22:15
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'Greedy Pig Protest' - Kenya

Demonstrators released two dozen piglets at the gates of parliament and poured blood on the pavement to protest demands by newly elected lawmakers for a wage hike.

Nairobi - Kenyan members of parliament, already among the world's best-paid legislators, voted on Tuesday to increase their salaries in defiance of government plans to cut them as part of public spending reforms.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, who won a closely fought 4 March election on an economic growth agenda, has implored lawmakers to accept pay cuts and help rein in public sector salaries to free up cash to create jobs.

"We do have the requisite number and quorum to pass that motion," Joyce Laboso, the deputy speaker of the assembly said, after MPs on both sides of the house voted overwhelmingly for higher pay.

The president has no direct power to determine MP salaries, and the legislators' decision is expected to be challenged in court by civic rights groups.

The lawmakers' move to overturn a reduction in their pay decided by the state Salaries and Remuneration Commission has caused grassroots anger that has led to street protests. But lawmakers argued that the pay cut was imposed illegally.

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