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Kenya's highly paid politicians caused outrage by giving themselves another pay raise, but have since settled on a deal.
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2013 07:08
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Nairobi, Kenya - Protesting the proposed hike of Kenyan parliamentarians' pay, civil society activists took to the streets of the capital, Nairobi, to protest against what they branded the "greed" of MPs.

Around 200 people marched through the streets of the central business district, intending to "Occupy Parliament", taking inspiration from the US Wall Street protest movement.

Kenyan MPs are among the world's best-paid law-makers, and last month President Uhuru Kenyatta urged them to accept a pay cut which would have seen their annual salaries reduced from $126,000 to $78,000. Yet the previous day, the MPs had voted to raise their salaries to 130 times the country's minimum wage. The average annual income is approximately $1,800 in Kenya, or $150 a month.

When the protesters reached parliament, they were blocked from entering by anti-riot police. Carrying an effigy of a pig, having branded the MPs "MPigs", they threw gallons of animal blood around the area and tossed mock bank-notes in the air.

"The country is strained by an expanding domestic budget," the organisers said in a manifesto distributed at the protest, who said they were concerned by the MPs' "heavy wage bill on our struggling economy".

Following Tuesday's protests, Kenyan MPs settled on a deal which will see them receive $6,300 each month, or $75,600 annually. They will also be entitled to a $59,500 car grant, a tax-free mileage allowance and a significant pension.


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Demonstrators march through central Nairobi to the Kenyan parliament to protest pay-hikes voted through by politicians.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
The protest went under the banner of the "Occupy" movement, with demonstrators intending to occupy the parliament building.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
A protester wears a mask painted as the Kenyan flag ahead of the demonstration.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

While marching towards parliament, the demonstrators shut down roads as they waved placards denouncing the greed of Kenyan politicians.



Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
A lady watches from a bus as protesters pass down a highway in central Nairobi.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Protesters were met by Kenyan anti-riot police, who prevented them from entering the parliament building.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

A protester holds a copy of the Kenyan constitution as he lies on the ground outside the gates of parliament, surrounded by anti-riot police.



Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Labelling the MPs "MPigs" at their perceived greed, demonstrators brought gallons of animal blood.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
The blood was emptied outside parliament, as protesters brandished an effigy of a pig denouncing the MPs as "selfish" and "pathetic".


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
A demonstrator covered in animal blood gestures towards the parliament building.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

Unable to enter the parliament building, the demonstrators chanted on the street covered with blood.



Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
A child wears mock Kenyan shilling bank-notes, branded with images of pigs.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
The fake notes and coins were tossed into the air in front of parliament.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Millions of Kenyans live in poverty. A young boy collects coins tossed by demonstrators.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
A placard reading "there are a lot of guys hustling me" (in local Swahili slang) is reflected in a pool of animal blood.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera

Boniface Mwangi, an organiser of the protest, throws bags of animal blood through the locked gates of the Kenyan parliament.



Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
A demonstrator stained by animal blood dances in front of the Kenyan parliament.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
Despite a reputation for heavy-handed tactics, anti-riot police stood by and watched the protest without taking action against the demonstrators.


Phil Moore/Al Jazeera
A man stands amidst the remains of a pig effigy as the protest ends.


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While marching towards parliament, the demonstrators shut down roads as they waved placards denouncing the greed of Kenyan politicians.

;*;A lady watches from a bus as protesters pass down a highway in central Nairobi.;*;Protesters were met by Kenyan anti-riot police, who prevented them from entering the parliament building.;*;

A protester holds a copy of the Kenyan constitution as he lies on the ground outside the gates of parliament, surrounded by anti-riot police.

;*;Labelling the MPs "MPigs" at their perceived greed, demonstrators brought gallons of animal blood.;*;The blood was emptied outside parliament, as protesters brandished an effigy of a pig denouncing the MPs as "selfish" and "pathetic".;*;A demonstrator covered in animal blood gestures towards the parliament building.;*;

Unable to enter the parliament building, the demonstrators chanted on the street covered with blood.

;*;A child wears mock Kenyan shilling bank-notes, branded with images of pigs.;*;The fake notes and coins were tossed into the air in front of parliament.;*;Millions of Kenyans live in poverty. A young boy collects coins tossed by demonstrators.;*;A placard reading "there are a lot of guys hustling me" (in local Swahili slang) is reflected in a pool of animal blood.;*;

Boniface Mwangi, an organiser of the protest, throws bags of animal blood through the locked gates of the Kenyan parliament.

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Demonstrators march through central Nairobi to the Kenyan parliament to protest pay-hikes voted through by politicians.

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Demonstrators march through central Nairobi to the Kenyan parliament to protest pay-hikes voted through by politicians.

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The protest went under the banner of the "Occupy" movement, with demonstrators intending to occupy the parliament building.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:38:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=0atV40M57K5ztPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

The protest went under the banner of the "Occupy" movement, with demonstrators intending to occupy the parliament building.

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A protester wears a mask painted as the Kenyan flag ahead of the demonstration.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:38:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=0erAeBmdUIfWPPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A protester wears a mask painted as the Kenyan flag ahead of the demonstration.

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Whilst marching towards parliament, the demonstrators shut down roads as they waved placards denouncing the greed of Kenyan politicians.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:38:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=02N36Xw2Gq2gCPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Whilst marching towards parliament, the demonstrators shut down roads as they waved placards denouncing the greed of Kenyan politicians.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=00DXcNt9kHcFo

A lady watches from a bus as protesters pass down a highway in central Nairobi.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:38:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=00DXcNt9kHcFoPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A lady watches from a bus as protesters pass down a highway in central Nairobi.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=0f3CexJeDy9M5

Protesters were met by Kenyan anti-riot police, who prevented them from entering the parliament building.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:38:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=0f3CexJeDy9M5Phil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Protesters were met by Kenyan anti-riot police, who prevented them from entering the parliament building.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=06GQ7CA1lmah4

A protester lies on the ground outside the gates to parliament, holding a copy of the Kenyan constitution and surrounded by anti-riot police.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:38:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=06GQ7CA1lmah4Phil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A protester lies on the ground outside the gates to parliament, holding a copy of the Kenyan constitution and surrounded by anti-riot police.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=07epeozbIx91k

Labelling the MPs "MPigs" at their perceived greed, demonstrators brought gallons of animal blood.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:38:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=07epeozbIx91kPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Labelling the MPs "MPigs" at their perceived greed, demonstrators brought gallons of animal blood.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=0fNgayT3ioaup

The blood was emptied outside parliament, as protesters brandished an effigy of a pig denouncing the MPs as "selfish" and "pathetic".

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:38:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=0fNgayT3ioaupPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

The blood was emptied outside parliament, as protesters brandished an effigy of a pig denouncing the MPs as "selfish" and "pathetic".

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=05BvdIG1898I9

A demonstrator covered in animal blood gestures towards the parliament building.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:39:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=05BvdIG1898I9Phil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A demonstrator covered in animal blood gestures towards the parliament building.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=04W0b7mcCIgi1

Unable to enter the parliament building the demonstrators chanted on the street covered with blood.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:39:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=04W0b7mcCIgi1Phil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Unable to enter the parliament building the demonstrators chanted on the street covered with blood.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=09yT8XG3gK0RO

A child wears mock Kenyan shilling bank-notes, branded with images of pigs.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:39:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=09yT8XG3gK0ROPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A child wears mock Kenyan shilling bank-notes, branded with images of pigs.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=0frg1bD4hhcda

The fake notes and coins were tossed into the air in front of parliament.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:39:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=0frg1bD4hhcdaPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

The fake notes and coins were tossed into the air in front of parliament.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=0bACbtJ9u54RV

Millions of Kenyans live in poverty. A young boy collects coins tossed by demonstrators.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:39:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=0bACbtJ9u54RVPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Millions of Kenyans live in poverty. A young boy collects coins tossed by demonstrators.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=08TDbiDbFO9xI

A placard reading "there are a lot of guys hustling me" (in local Swahili slang) is reflected in a pool of animal blood.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:39:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=08TDbiDbFO9xIPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A placard reading "there are a lot of guys hustling me" (in local Swahili slang) is reflected in a pool of animal blood.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=09dj7o62RB2MR

Boniface Mwangi, the organiser of the protest, throws bags of animal blood through the locked gates of the Kenyan parliament.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:39:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=09dj7o62RB2MRPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Boniface Mwangi, the organiser of the protest, throws bags of animal blood through the locked gates of the Kenyan parliament.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=01qlbfp3Pk6Y4

A demonstrator stained by animal blood dances in front of the Kenyan parliament.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:39:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=01qlbfp3Pk6Y4Phil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A demonstrator stained by animal blood dances in front of the Kenyan parliament.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=01pF5ml1UI76F

Despite a reputation for heavy-handed tactics, anti-riot police stood by and watched the protest without taking action against the demonstrators.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:39:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=01pF5ml1UI76FPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Despite a reputation for heavy-handed tactics, anti-riot police stood by and watched the protest without taking action against the demonstrators.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=0gPj4Hc3AX71k

A man stands amidst the remains of a pig effigy as the protest ends.

Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:37:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1371034370740?image_id=0gPj4Hc3AX71kPhil MooreAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A man stands amidst the remains of a pig effigy as the protest ends.



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