Monday, October 22, 2018

Not With Kenyan Tax Money

Article by Peter Leftie of the Nation 1 July 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya, focuses on the Kenyan public outcry concerning
Kenyan Parliamentarians’ proposed increased salary and sitting allowance.

The salary and sitting allowance increase is estimated to be of a region of Kenya Shilling 27.3 billion (approximately UK£221.3 million based on an exchange rate of UK£1 being approximately Ksh124 or US Dollars $335.8 million based on an exchange rate of US$1 being approximately Ksh 81.6) . The article states that the proposed
increase will exceed the annual budget set for free primary education in Kenya.

Most vocal opponents
are the Civil Society including the Trade Unions, who have asked Kenya’s Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta not to present the bill or face mass protest.

Kenya’s Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta must present the proposed changes as part of a Finance Bill and bring it before Kenya Parliament in Nairobi over the next seven days.

Key
quote in the article:

“The NGOs described the MPs’ pay rise as “theft with impunity, outright selfishness and the greatest betrayal of the people they represent in Parliament.” The generous salary award, which includes a 100 per cent rise in sitting allowances and adds Sh1 billion a year to the taxpayers’ burden, has been greeted with outrage and condemnation across the country.”

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