Uhuru, Ruto finally take 20 percent pay cut
PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have taken a 20 per cent salary cuts, Finance Secretary Henry Rotich has said. He said cabinet secretaries and their principal secretaries as well as a number of heads of state parastatals have also taken pay cut.
“I can assure you that both the President and the Deputy President have taken pay cut. Cabinet secretaries and principal secretaries have also written to me indicating that they have effected the presidential directive,” Rotich told the Star in Nairobi yesterday.
He said he needs time to confirm the amount of money submitted so far to Voluntary Account, opened at the Central Bank. “We have an account at the Central Bank called Voluntary Salary Contribution account. All government officers are required to deposit their contribution in that account,” Rotich said.
In March this year, while addressing a press conference at the end of the four-day retreat at Mount Kenya Safari Club, Nanyuki, Uhuru announced that cabinet and principal secretaries would take a 10 per cent pay cut.
“We want to lead by example in dealing with this monster,” Uhuru said. He said the current wage bill is unsustainable and wants all public servants to consider taking reduced salaries and allowances.
The government is currently spending up to Sh400 billion annually in salaries for public servants leaving only Sh200 billion for development. The President currently earns Sh1.7m a month, which will now go down to Sh1,350,000 while the Deputy President gets Sh1.49 million, which will now go down to Sh1.39 million.
Cabinet secretaries currently earn Sh1,120,000 meaning they remit Sh112,000 while principal secretaries contribute Sh91,000 from their Sh910,000 salary.
The Salaries and Remuneration Commission is yet to conclude collecting views countrywide on how to reduce the wage bill. Yesterday SRC chairperson Sarah Serem was not available for comment as she did not pick calls or reply to SMSs sent to her phone.
Some Jubilee MPs had also indicated their willingness to give up 10 per cent of their salaries but none of them has officially informed the SRC or Parliamentary Service Commission.
Kimani Ichung’wah (Kikuyu), Kanini Keega (Kieni), Thuo Gethinji (Tetu), Esther Murugi (Nyeri), Peter Weru (Mathira) and Kabando Kabando (Mukurweini) were among those who indicated they would take pay cuts.
Only Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki has taken a 20 per cent salary cut. While dismissing Senate report recommending for increase of emoluments for senators, Kindiki said: “I have voluntarily reduced my salary by 20 per cent to reduce the ballooning public wage bill”.