Members of Kenya’s 222-seat parliament voted to give themselves a hefty send-off bonus of $107,000. This was their last action before closing parliament for the March 4 elections. They also voted to give themselves body guards for life, private chauffeurs, state funerals and access to the VIP lounges at Kenyan airports.
Kenya’s President, Mwai Kibaki, however vetoed against the legislation. He ordered the country’s attorney general to redraft the measure to ensure that it is compliant with the constitution. Under Kenya’s constitution, civil servants’ pay is regulated by a Salaries and Remunerations Commission.
President Kibaki vetoed against a similar bonus package for lawmakers in October, saying it was unconstitutional and untenable given the country’s economic circumstances.
The lawmakers tacked on a provision that would have awarded the president a $300,000 bonus upon his retirement this year.
Kenyan lawmakers are already among the best paid on the African continent, with a monthly salary of about $13,000.