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Kenyan parliamentarians' fight to retain former salary, which was among highest in the world

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.

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