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Kenyan legislators agree to lower pay after outcry

NAIROBI — Kenyan legislators have agreed to lower salaries, a government commission said Wednesday, after their previous demands for higher pay sparked public outcry and protests.

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission said they have agreed with Parliament that its members will get around $75,000 and not about $120,000 a year, the salary that legislators of the previous Parliament earned.

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In an agreement reached Monday, the legislators also will get a one-time $59,000 car grant to buy a vehicle of their choice and can claim mileage.

The average income in Kenya is about $1,800 a year.

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On Tuesday, activists spilled cow blood outside Parliament buildings, calling members of Parliament, or MPs, MPigs and branding Parliament ‘‘a piggy bank.’’

Activists celebrated the agreement.

‘‘It’s people power. The people have won,’’ said Boniface Mwangi, who has organized protests over the pay dispute.

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‘‘This battle was a fight between the 349 legislators and the 42 million Kenyans and the Kenyans won,’’ Mwangi said.

Associated Press

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