Kenya MPs vote themselves huge send-off bonuses
Nairobi (Alshahid)-Kenyan MPs Wednesday voted again for a bill that would give each of them a $107,000 (9.3 million shilling) send-off bonus after their first attempt last October was vetoed by the president.
The payment that would take an average Kenyan worker more than 60 years to earn.
The MPs are among the highest paid in Africa, earning $13,000 a month.
In addition to the bonus, lawmakers voted to give themselves perks that include armed guards, diplomatic passports, access to VIP lounges at Kenyan airports as well as state funeral.
The Salaries Review Commission told Kenyan media it was uncertain whether the vote was constitutional, while civil society groups have reacted with outrage.
“It is preposterous and in completely bad taste,” said Atsango Chesoni, executive director of Kenya’s Human Rights Commission.
It was not clear if Mr Kibaki would be able to block the Bill’s passage a second time.