Recently in ‘The Economist’ I came upon an article that left me completely baffled – ‘Leaders of the fee world’. I used to hear about the exuberant salaries and facilities the political leaders in the developing world have at their disposal (if you still haven’t, check out recent Wouter’s post), but I have to say I had no idea about such glaring discrepancies.
Just take a look yourselves at this graph:
Courtesy: The Economist
Two weeks ago Kenya's prime minister, Raila Odinga rejected an increase of his salary to nearly $430,000 a year, a rise which would place him among the highest-paid political leaders in the world. The Kenyan MP’s however fearlessly granted themselves a 25% boost to $161,000. Indeed there are two Kenyan tribes, I thought.
The basic salary is obviously just a part of the total salary(including all the expenses) and although the graph doesn’t show much about the corruption and transparency issues, it is anyway very interesting.
I am a great fan of Polyp’s cartoons. The topics he covers are very much related to our Th!nk3 theme.
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