Uhuru backs SRC move to cut pay for State officers

Uhuru backs SRC move to cut pay for State officers

President Uhuru Kenyatta has thrown his weight behind the Salaries and Remuneration Commission’s (SRC) move to slash salaries of top state officers and civil servants.

In his address to the nation earlier today, Kenyatta commended the SRC for its new public sector pay review recommendations, saying the new structure will tame the country’s ballooning public wage bill.

“SRC pay review has my unequivocal support,” the President Kenyatta said.

Uhuru stated that cutting of monthly gross pay and scrapping of some plump allowances would ensure prudent use of public resources.

“The SRC report will go a long way in guiding and ensuring prudence in the way we manage public funds,” he recommended.

The Head of State called on Kenyans to support and cooperate with the commission as it seeks to save Kenya over Sh8 billion a year.

“I call upon Kenyans to support SRC’s recommendation,” Uhuru said, adding that days of wasteful allowances for state officers were long gone.

Kenyatta commended the SRC for the bold actions it took in making new salary recommendations for State officers.

“….. peculiar and inexplicable payments are behind us. Better and prosperous days lie ahead,” the president noted.

President Kenyatta, the highest-paid civil servant, is among state officers who were hit in the new pay structure.

Should he retain the presidency in the upcoming polls, Uhuru will take home a gross pay of Sh1,443,750 down from Sh1,650,000 million while his Deputy William Ruto’s monthly salary will be Sh1,227,188 down from a previous Sh1,402,500 while governors will earn Sh924,000 down from Sh1,056,000.

The President, who is expected in Kisumu tomorrow to launch and commission infrastructure projects, urged fellow state officers to abide by the commission’s guidelines as a way of heeding the call to servant leadership.

In the new pay structure, Cabinet Secretaries’ salaries have been cut to Sh924,000 from Sh1,056 000.

Salaries of Speakers of both houses of Senate and Parliament have been reduced. They will now receive a gross pay of Sh1,155,000. Principal Secretaries’ pay has been slashed from Sh874, 500 to Sh765, 188.

MPs are the biggest casualties in the new pay structure, as the SRC abolished their sitting, responsibility and mileage allowances to tame the increasing wage bill.

Their salaries were capped at Sh621, 250.

Together with their counterparts in the Senate, MPs will no longer enjoy fat allowances and multiple perks as they have been harmonized with other employees’ allowances.

The Sarah Serem-led commission also scrapped special parliamentary allowances, special responsibility and reimbursable mileage allowances that were subject to abuse by members of both Houses.

MPs Sh5 million car grants were also abolished and replaced by a Sh7 million car loan in addition to the Sh20 million mortgage.

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