KENYAN PROTESTERS LEAVE PIGLETS AT THE PARLIAMENT ENTRANCE
Nairobi, Kenya may 14 2013
1. PROTESTERS RALLYING AND PREPARING TO MARCH TO PARLIAMENT, KENYA’S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (PARLIAMENT)
2. BITE 1: KENYAN ACTIVIST "We are here to defend the constitution against parliamentary greed... We are going to occupy parliament to stop greed and to defend the new constitution."
3. PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS
4. PROTESTERS SING AT THE GATE
5. PROTESTERS BRING LIVE PIGLETS AND A LARGE MALE PIG TO THE PARLIAMENT GATES
6. PIGS AND BLOOD AT PARLIAMENT ENTRANCE
7. BITE 2: 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.”
9. PROTEST MARCHING THROUGH NAIROBI STREET
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 dramatically staged with a drove of piglets herded to the door steps of Kenya’s Parliament to register their concerns over what they see as greed underlying the unsustainable, unaffordable increase in MP 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 by Members of Parliaments
Police officers in riot gear watched as the protesters picketed with posters asking MPs to stop their greed for usurping 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 two speakers and two clerks for the two-tiered chambers.
Kenyan members of the Nation assembly are the highest paid in the region.