Sabahi (Washington, DC)

15 January 2013

Kenya: Kibaki Rejects Bonuses for Lawmakers, Approves Them for Himself

Photo: Andrew Vlad/COP18
A session at the United Nations COP18 summit in Doha, Qatar.

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Monday (January 14th) rejected a controversial bill that would have awarded lawmakers 9.3-million shilling ($107,000) send-off bonuses, while signing into law a bill granting himself generous retirement benefits, Kenya's Daily Nation reported.

Kibaki signed 30 bills into law on Monday, the final day of the parliament's validity, the largest number of bills to be approved on one day since Kenya's independence.

The Presidential Retirement Benefits Amendment Bill 2013 awards Kibaki and his predecessor Daniel Arap Moi a 25-million shilling ($290,000) retirement package, in addition to other benefits.

He rejected a bill, however, that would give lawmakers diplomatic passports, unlimited access to VIP lounges in all Kenyan airports, state funerals and armed security even after they retire. The rejected bill had caused uproar among Kenyans, even precipitating a public protest on Monday.

Other bills approved include the National Government Co-ordination Bill, the Constituencies Development Bill, the County Governments Public Finance Management Transition Bill, the Transition County Allocation of Revenue Bill and the Transition County Appropriation Bill.

Kibaki also rejected the Climate Change Bill, which would have set up an independent Climate Change Authority to advise on global warming and reducing the country's greenhouse gas emissions.

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