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Kenyans protest after legislators triple their own bonuses

October 9, 2012 17:35

NAIROBI - More than a hundred Kenyans marched through Nairobi on Tuesday to protest against the huge end-of-term bonuses that legislators have awarded themselves at a time when the state is short of funds and considering tax rises.

Lawmakers in east Africa's biggest economy, already among the best paid in the world, voted to triple the bonus they will all receive when their five-year term ends in January to 9.3 million shillings ($109,500).

The total cost, around 2 billion shillings, has angered many taxpayers who already consider many of Kenya's members of parliament lazy, corrupt and greedy.

While the demonstration was not large, a similar protest in 2010 forced MPs to scale down the 25 percent pay rise they had awarded themselves.

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