NAIROBI, Kenya – Even before they begin their latest session in earnest, newly elected Kenyan parliamentarians are demanding a pay increase after the lavish wages legislators in the previous term earned were reduced.
Legislator Mithika Linturi even petitioned parliament on Thursday to impeach members of a government commission that reduced their salaries.
Kenya adopted a new constitution in 2010 which removed the parliamentarians' powers to set their own pay, instead giving the power to a Salaries and Remuneration Commission. The commission reduced legislators' salaries earlier this year from around $126,000 to around $78,500.
Members of the previous parliament were among the highest paid legislators in the world.
Minimum wage in Nairobi is about $1,500 a year.