Sabahi (Washington, DC)

Kenya: Kibaki Refuses to Sign Off On Lawmaker Bonuses

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki declined on Saturday (January 12th) to sign a bill granting each parliamentarian 9.3 million shillings ($107,000) in send-off bonuses as well as other perks.

Instead, Kibaki's office issued a statement directing Attorney General Githu Muigai to re-draft the bill to conform to the new constitution and submit it to parliament for a vote.

The payoff -- at a potential cost of $23.7 million to the country -- was sneaked through by lawmakers late Wednesday, with the vote only coming to public attention on Thursday after official parliamentary transcripts were published. This was their second attempt at such a bill this term.

The current send-off compensation for lawmakers is 3.72 million shillings ($43,000).

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