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Inventing Nairobi
SEPTEMBER 2005
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Union Leader
Photograph by David Alan Harvey

"Wages are still low," says Martin Agola Ogoda, the Second Deputy Secretary-General of the Union of Kenya Civil Servants. A typical civil servant earns between 3,000 and 5,000 shillings (a monthly salary equivalent to about 38 to 63 U.S. dollars). Civil servants need a pay increase of 600 percent, Ogoda says. His union was banned in 1980 by the government led by Daniel Arap Moi and replaced by the now moribund Kenya Civil Servants Welfare Association. But it's legal again. Moi's regime was ousted three years ago by the National Rainbow Coalition (NARC). "After the election we came back in full swing and decided to negotiate with the NARC since they were new too," Ogoda says. "We have taken this government to court. If they don't give us something, we will strike. It is a negotiation."

Photo Fast Facts
Camera: Nikon D70
Film Type: Digital
Lens: 18mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/2 @  f/11

Weather Conditions: Unrecorded
Time of Day: 5:36 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Strobe
Special Equipment: Light box

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