Kenya’s MPs have agreed to drop their annual salary by $45,000 ($28,700) to $75,000 following a public outcry, a government-appointed body has said.
The MPs would receive a car allowance of around $58,000, for agreeing to the cut, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) said.
On Tuesday, protesters in the capital, Nairobi, denounced MPs as “MPigs”.
MPs voted for a $120,000 annual salary in May, in defiance of the wishes of the SRC and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
They argued they deserved the amount because they worked hard and gave financial help to their constituents.
But their decision sparked national outrage as the MPs are among the highest paid in the world and the average income in Kenya is around $1,800 a year.
MPs agreed to the pay cut of nearly 40% in “fruitful” talks held with them, the SRC said.
The 416 MPs would receive a one-off car grant of around $58,000, as it was a “more viable option” than giving each of them a chauffeur-driven car, the SRC added, AFP news agency reports.
The MPs would also receive hefty pension benefits, it reports.
MPs in the previous parliament awarded themselves a $107,000 retirement bonus in one of the last sessions before the election.
The package also provided them with an armed guard, a diplomatic passport and access to airport VIP lounges.
Kenya held presidential and parliamentary elections in March.
The SRC and the president can only recommend how much MPs should earn – they cannot take a decision.
- 7 times Ghana has beaten Nigeria to the prize
- Travellers complain of rampant robbery at Bunso Junction off Accra-Kumasi highway
- 9 Nigerians arrested for illegally entering Ghana after crossing Volta River
- Akuapem Poloo’s child is with me, he doesn’t know what is going on – Actress’ lawyer
- NDC must focus on healing the horse, not selecting a rider – Kumbour
- Attorney General supports my motion for appeal – Lawyer for Akuapem Poloo reveals
- Former NSMQ contestant, Francis Tetteh reported dead
- Whether dumsor is back or not, current power outages must be resolved immediately – Prof Adei
- Set aside 90-day jail term and fine me – Poloo to High Court
- Fire razes over 30 shops at Kumasi Central Market
Singer Stone Gee supports Akuapem Poloo’s son
Ghana will find it expensive to borrow – Moody’s
European Super League created to ‘save football’ – Real Madrid president Florentino Perez
49 passengers on India-Hong Kong flight test positive for Covid
Access Bank partners with ScaleUp Africa to boost women’s empowerment, innovation and entrepreneurship
It’s shocking people still put a ‘premium’ on money to win elections – Kunbuor
Community Radio told off by Ofcom for playing ‘sexual moaning’ song at 8:20 am
Former US Vice President Walter Mondale dies at 93
Worawora Government Hospital calls for more blood donors
Thousands of Covid vaccines expire in South Sudan
Today’s front pages: Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Quality healthcare at Upper West Regional Hospital impeded over lack of food supply
‘NDC not at crossroads but we are at a point where the roads are likely to cross’ – Kunbuor
Mahama must call sycophantic campaigners to order – Kunbuor
‘Let’s not lose our guard on Covid-19’ – NCCE cautions public