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Greedy pig’ protest held at Kenya parliament (VIDEO)

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The photo of one of the protestors being beaten by police. Photo from AFP

The photo of one of the protestors being beaten by police. Photo from AFP

Kenyan demonstrators have released nearly three dozen piglets and poured blood on the pavement outside the gates of parliament in Nairobi to protest a proposed law that would raise wages for lawmakers.

Police and parliament officials chased the piggies after using tear gas, truncheons and water cannons to disperse the nearly 250 protesters who marched through downtown Nairobi Tuesday and sat down at the entrance to parliament.

Kenyan legislators want to reverse a government commission ruling that shrank their salaries from around $126,000 to $78,500.

Some of the piglets, which were rounded up and loaded them onto a waiting lorry, had been daubed with the names of specific MPs on their bodies.mpigs1

At least 10 people were arrested.

“We will not allow members of parliament to increase their salaries at will,” Okiya Omtatah, one of the protest organisers shouted.

“They are greedy just like the pigs we have brought here,” Omtatah added.

Mithika Linturi, a lawmaker supporting a proposed bill, said the protesters had little regard for the law and that “there are proper channels to air their grievances”.

“Kenya is not a banana republic. This premise should be respected,” Linturi told reporters as he made his way into parliament, adding that lawmakers had “a right to their opinions, even if they do not please everyone.”

The bill is the first act of Kenya’s lawmakers since their election in March 4 polls.

Constitutional amendment

Al Jazeera’s Naznine Moshiri, reporting from Nairobi, said that this is about far more than just a a salary increase.

“This is about a change to constitution because this bill would in effect call for a change to the constitution.”

Our correspondent said that any decision would be dependent on the president, Uhuru Kenyatta though.

Kenyan lawmakers are already some of the best paid on the continent, although their tax-free monthly salary of some $13,000 in the previous parliament has been cut to around $7,000.

The wages were cut after recommendations by the salaries commission, the body MPs now wish to close.

In January, lawmakers voted themselves a $107,000 send-off bonus, their last work before parliament closed ahead of elections, after earlier efforts to grant themselves the windfall were vetoed by the then President Mwai Kibaki.

That effort too was blocked.

Kenyan demonstrators have released nearly three dozen piglets and poured blood on the pavement outside the gates of parliament in Nairobi to protest a proposed law that would raise wages for lawmakers.

Police and parliament officials chased the piggies after using tear gas, truncheons and water cannons to disperse the nearly 250 protesters who marched through downtown Nairobi Tuesday and sat down at the entrance to parliament.

Kenyan legislators want to reverse a government commission ruling that shrank their salaries from around $126,000 to $78,500.

Some of the piglets, which were rounded up and loaded them onto a waiting lorry, had been daubed with the names of specific MPs on their bodies.

At least 10 people were arrested.

“We will not allow members of parliament to increase their salaries at will,” Okiya Omtatah, one of the protest organisers shouted.

“They are greedy just like the pigs we have brought here,” Omtatah added.

Mithika Linturi, a lawmaker supporting a proposed bill, said the protesters had little regard for the law and that “there are proper channels to air their grievances”.

“Kenya is not a banana republic. This premise should be respected,” Linturi told reporters as he made his way into parliament, adding that lawmakers had “a right to their opinions, even if they do not please everyone.”

The bill is the first act of Kenya’s lawmakers since their election in March 4 polls.

Constitutional amendment

Al Jazeera’s Naznine Moshiri, reporting from Nairobi, said that this is about far more than just a a salary increase.

“This is about a change to constitution because this bill would in effect call for a change to the constitution.”

Our correspondent said that any decision would be dependent on the president, Uhuru Kenyatta though.

Kenyan lawmakers are already some of the best paid on the continent, although their tax-free monthly salary of some $13,000 in the previous parliament has been cut to around $7,000.

The wages were cut after recommendations by the salaries commission, the body MPs now wish to close.

In January, lawmakers voted themselves a $107,000 send-off bonus, their last work before parliament closed ahead of elections, after earlier efforts to grant themselves the windfall were vetoed by the then President Mwai Kibaki.

That effort too was blocked.

-Aljazeera

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