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'Kenyans on Twitter' lead demo over MPs' pay

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 00:00 -- BY LYDIA MATATA
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Kenyans on twitter lead demo over MPs' sendoff package

A section of Kenyans are leading a demonstration against a move by Members of Parliament to award themselves a send-off package at the end of their term.

The demonstrators who marched from Hilton Hotel to the Parliament Building in Nairobi criticised  MPs for awarding themselves Sh2 billion gratuity at a time when the government is struggling to meet the pay demands of teachers, doctors and lecturers.

"We want to make it known that we don't like the MPs awarding themselves Sh 2billion as a send-off package. Should the President assent to this bill we will go to court stop this," said blogger Robert Alai.

MPs late on Thursday last week amended the National Assembly Remuneration Act so that their severance allowance is computed as 31 per cent of gross income, instead of 31 per cent of basic pay. MPs also backdated the basic pay to August 27,2010, the day the new constitution was promulgated.

Previously parliamentarians would have received Sh62,000 for each month worked. On Thursday night, MPs secretly awarded themselves Sh6 million each.