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Kenya's president rejects lawmakers' plan to triple their bonus
Rueters ^ | January 12, 2013 | George Obulutsa

Posted on 01/13/2013 8:09:21 PM PST by JerseyanExile

Kenya's president rejected on Saturday plans by members of parliament to triple their end-of-term bonuses and award themselves diplomatic passports, bodyguards for life and state funerals.

In their last act before parliament closed for March 4 elections, Kenyan lawmakers, already among the best paid in the world, tried for a second time in a few months to increase their end-term bonus to 9.3 million shillings ($107,200) each.

President Mwai Kibaki struck down their first attempt last October and, amid public outrage at what one newspaper called the lawmakers' "eccentric greed", he again declined to sign the bill, saying it was unlawful.

"President Kibaki has directed the Attorney General to redraft the Bill to ensure compliance with the Constitution and the law and submit it and the accompanying explanatory memorandum to the Speaker with immediate effect," his press office said in statement.

Under the new constitution, civil servants' pay is to be set by a government Salaries and Remunerations Commission and no one is allowed to award themselves pay rises.

The lawmakers had demanded diplomatic passports for themselves and their spouses, armed bodyguards for life paid for by taxpayers, and the right to be given state funerals, a preserve of presidents and notable achievers, when they die.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: africa; kenya; mwaikibaki

1 posted on 01/13/2013 8:09:30 PM PST by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile
I wouldn't be surprised if the DimRATS and RINOS try to do the same, along with Obumer.
2 posted on 01/13/2013 8:15:26 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: JerseyanExile
Luckily our Kenyan reinstated bodyguards for life for himself.

Birds of a feather and all.....

3 posted on 01/13/2013 8:18:28 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: Repeat Offender

Here I thought this title was referencing our Kenyan in chief.

4 posted on 01/13/2013 8:27:04 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: Blue Highway

Yeah, I thought this thread was about O

5 posted on 01/13/2013 8:58:57 PM PST by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: JerseyanExile
Like hogs to the troth.
6 posted on 01/13/2013 8:59:28 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Better safe than sorry.)
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To: SandRat

Dat dar bonus b two damn high!

7 posted on 01/14/2013 3:30:36 AM PST by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: JerseyanExile

“...Kenyan lawmakers, already among the best paid in the world...”

Rooters doing a new political satire column, now?

8 posted on 01/14/2013 4:08:25 AM PST by carriage_hill (AR-15s are the 21st Century's Muskets. Self-Defense is The First Human Right.)
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