These sentiments have received condemnation by Kenyans on Twitter (KOT), who have challenged the legislators not to take office in protest.
The tweets referring to them as #Mpigs complained that the legislators were not in touch with the state of the economy or with salaries of government employees.
are you kidding me!!! how is a salary of half a mill a month demeaning??!! #MPigs
— wambui kinoti (@wambuikinoti) March 21, 2013
unhappy with the terms and conditions, just resign and look for greener pastures elsewhere #MPigs nation.co.ke/News/politics/…
— el Matador (@josekiragu) March 21, 2013
The suggestion from four incoming legislators - Njoroge Baiya (Githunguri), Yusuf Chanzu (Vihiga), Johanna Ng’eno (Emurwa Dikkir) and Oyugi Magwanga (Kasipul) - comes after the legislators monthly salaries were reduced to KSh 532,500 (approx. US$6,230) from the almost KSh 850,000 (approx. US$9,945) earned by their compatriots in the last parliament.
They argue that new MPs would take home a mere KSh250,000 (approx. US$2,925) compared to their colleagues in the tenth parliament, who took home KSh650,000 (approx. US$7,600).
The four further complained the salaries of other constitutional office holders remained high.
Other grievances raised by the four include the replacement of a KSh3.3 million (approx. US$38,600) car grant with a KSh7 million (approx. US$81,870) loan.
Legislators have been previously attacked on social media for raising their salaries.