Kenyans burn coffins in MP protest

2013-01-16 21:24
Demonstrators celebrate after setting fire to mock coffins on which were written "State Burial, Ballot Revolution" outside the Parliament in Nairobi, Kenya. (Ben Curtis, AP)

Demonstrators celebrate after setting fire to mock coffins on which were written "State Burial, Ballot Revolution" outside the Parliament in Nairobi, Kenya. (Ben Curtis, AP)

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Nairobi - Hundreds of demonstrators angered at outgoing Kenyan legislators doused 221 coffins with gasoline and set them on fire causing a huge inferno outside the parliament's main entrance.

Organizers of the protest said Wednesday the coffins represented the end of an era of parliament's 221 legislators and burning the coffins symbolized the start of a new era away from the dishonourable acts that parliament was known for in the last five years. The legislator's term ended earlier this week.

Kenyans say their legislators are seen as lazy, greedy and self-centred for often improving their welfare lavishly at the cost of tax payer. A Kenya legislator earns about $175 000 a year in a country where the average annual wage income is $1 700.

Last week Kenyan legislators attempted to award themselves a $ 110 000 bonus, but the president vetoed the legislation.

- SAPA
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