Kenyans protest MPs' big pay rise

2010-07-08 17:21

Nairobi - Scores of protesters marched in Nairobi on Thursday to denounce plans by members of parliament to increase their own salaries to $15 000 a month.

Chanting "thieves, thieves", they marched on parliament - whose deputies are among the best-paid in the world, despite Kenya's status as a developing country - to deliver a petition.

"We want these MPs to know that it is immoral and criminal... to keep increasing their salaries at will," said Morris Odhiambo, head of the National Civil Society Congress which organised the protest.

The lawmakers last week voted to boost their monthly pay and allowances from $10 000 to $15 000.

The proposals have gone to the finance ministry for drafting into legislation.

The pay rise would also see Prime Minister Raila Odinga - who has criticised it - earn $39 000, or more than double what his British counterpart gets.

Private- and public-sector workers in Kenya typically earn $400 a month, according to official statistics.

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