221 Coffins Set On Fire In A Protest Outside Kenyan Parliament

Mock coffins burn outside the Kenyan parliament during a protest against legislators planning to receive higher bonuses, in Nairobi
Mock coffins burn outside the Kenyan parliament during a protest against legislators planning to receive higher bonuses, in Nairobi

Protesters in Kenya set 221 coffins on fire in a powerful protest against outgoing government officials.

The 221 coffins set on fire caused a huge blaze outside of Kenyan parliament, with each of the 221 coffins set on fire representing a different legislator leaving the government, as the outgoing parliament was known for corruption and greed.

The average legislator earns $175,000 a year, while the average income for a Kenyan citizen is about $1,700. This caused widespread anger among the protesters, who hoped 221 coffins set on fire would send a message to the lawmakers. Last week legislators attempted to award themselves $110,000 bonuses, but the Kenyan president vetoed the legislation.

The 221 coffins set on fire did not include a 222nd for the president, thanks to his veto last week. The terms for the legislators ends this week, and Kenyans are determined to ensure none of them or their likes return to power.

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