Pig protest over parliamentary pay

Something for the weekend …

One cannot fault Kenyan protestors for having a lack of imagination when it comes to railing against fat-cat pay demands – or should that be ‘greedy pig’ demands.

Earlier this week protesters released a pig and about a dozen piglets outside parliament to show their anger at newly-elected MPs demanding higher salaries. They also spilled animal blood at the entrance.

The pig and piglets, which had ‘MPigs’ painted on them, caused havoc as police chased after them, while others munched on parliamentary flower beds and licked the blood unperturbed by the tear gas.

The MPs are demanding a monthly salary of about $10,000 (£6,540). Kenya’s Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has recommended that their salaries be pegged at around $6,300.

Kenya’s MPs are among the highest paid in the world, and their salaries have often triggered controversy. The average annual salary in Kenya is about $1,700.

The EB team wonders when we will see the first batch of fat cats being let loose during a shareholder meeting over executive remuneration. Good luck trying to herd them, though.