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Vol 51 No 15

Published 23rd July 2010


More gluttony

An attempt by MPs to vote themselves a fat pay rise comes unstuck – the Treasury is running out of money

Last month’s vote by Kenyan members of parliament to augment their already handsome salaries is hitting political and financial roadblocks. Treasury officials say it is not affordable and the massive allocation of resources to recurrent spending makes no sense for the country’s economic development. For many Kenyans outside the political elite, it would be obscene to reward the politicians who presided over three months of violence after the 2007 elections, at a cost of 1,500 lives and over US$1 billion.

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