17 January 2013

Kenyan Activists Protest Parliamentary Greed in Mock Funeral Procession

Kenyan civil society groups staged a mock state funeral outside the parliament building on Wednesday (January 16th) to "bury" the perceived greed and corruption of the outgoing parliament, Kenya's The Standard reported.

Protestors from the Kenya ni Kwetu (Kenya is Ours) lobby group and numerous civil society organisations marched through downtown Nairobi carrying 222 cardboard coffins, representing the total number of lawmakers in the parliament who had voted to give themselves hefty send-off bonuses and subsidised funeral expenses. President Mwai Kibaki vetoed the measure.

The demonstrators burned the coffins that bore the inscription "State burial, ballot revolution" in front of the parliament building, which was empty, as parliament has already dissolved ahead of the March 4th elections.

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