KENYAN PROTESTERS LEAVE PIGLETS IN PARLIAMENT ENTRANCE

KENYAN PROTESTERS LEAVE PIGLETS AND BLOOD IN PARLIAMENT AS THEY PROTEST OVER SALARY OF LAW MAKERS Nairobi, Kenya may 14 2013 SHOOT LAY 1. PROTESTERS BEFOR THE STARTING TO MATCH TO PARLIAMENT, KENYA’S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (PARLIAMENT) 2. BITE 1: KENYAN CIVIL ACTIVIST 3. PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS 4. PROTESTERS SING AT THE GATE 5. PROTESTERS BRING LIVE PIGLES AND A BIG MALE PIG TO THE PARLIAMENT GATES 6. PIGS AND BLOOD IS FLOADED ON THE PARLIAMENT ENTRANCE 7. BITE 1: ROY AWATIS-ENGLISH “Basically is symbolic because what we call them is ‘MPigs’ (Members of Parliament) so what we did, we brought pigs here and we slaughtered them because the point was we are slaughtering them, we slaughtered the pigs and we laid the blood down at the gate and that is very symbolic for MPigs (Members of Parliament) to know that we see what they are doing and we will not accept it.” 8. PIGS SHOOT 9. PROTEST MATCHING IN NAIROBI STREET TEXT Kenyan Civil Society Organizations on Monday staged a protest against a move by MPs to increase their pay perks and allowances. The anti- MPs’-greed protest was colorfully staged with a drove of piglets herded to the door steps of Kenya’s Parliament to register the concerns against ‘unaffordable salaries. The protest caught MPs and parliamentary security unawares and drew live piglets and a bigger male one at the Kenyan National Assembly entrance used my Members of Parliaments Police officers in riot gear watched helplessly as the protesters picketed with posters asking MPs to stop their greed for public funds. The protest comes just days after the new Kenyan President and ICC suspect on crime against Humanity during the 2007/08 post election violence Uhuru Kenyatta added his voice against the greed by MPs to hike their pay and allowances even before earning their first salary. Kenya’s recent established Salaries and Remuneration Commission has stood firm arguing against the demand by Members of Parliaments saying it is not sustainable. The commission recommended that Members of National Assembly be paid at US$ 6, 333 while the legislators are demanding US$ 10,119. The National Assembly has 349 MPs while Senate has 67 members bring the total to 416 plus the two speakers and two clerks for the two tier chambers. Kenyan members of the Nation assembly are the Highest paid in the Region compared with the Britain and America. END

A protest in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi over the wage increase proposed by the Members of the National Assembly, from US$6,333 to US$10,119. The National Assembly has 349 MPs, while the Senate has 67 members, totaling 416, in addition to two speakers and two clerks for the two tier chambers.

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