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Monday, 10 Jul 2017 14:45 EATjmwihaki@kenyafreepress.com
Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has released the new salary structure for the President, his Deputy and state officers for the period 2017-2022. According to the chairperson of the SRC Sarah Serem the new salary structure will be implemented after the general elections scheduled for 8th august.
This new salary structure also affects, speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate, Chief justice, governors, senator, commander of different police forces, Members of Parliament and Members of County Assembly (MCA).
However this time the state officers will all have a pay cut as announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta during his last State of Nation Address in parliament where he stated that Kenya’s wage bill at Ksh627billion per year which is 50 per cent of the total revenue collected by the government. This would affect the development agenda of the country. Uhuru said the country could be reaching the ‘point of no return’ as the clamour for higher pay gained momentum in all sectors of the economy.
In the new salary structure, President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto will earn monthly gross of Sh1.4million and Sh1.2million respectively down from Sh1.650 and Sh1.40million. Cabinet Secretaries will now earn fixed salaries of Sh924,000 down from Sh1.056 million. The Permanent secretaries will now earn Sh765,000 from Sh874,500. Speaker of both Houses will take home Sh1.155 million each from the previous Sh1.32 million while their deputies to earn Sh924,000. Leader of majority and Minority to take home Sh765.188. Member of Parliament’s gross will be Sh621. 250 from 710,000. Governors will now earn Sh924,000 and their deputies Sh621,250.
“We have also reduced allowances and all payments going forward will be guided by state of the economy,” said Sarah.
The cut will affect salaries and allowances for the 2,222 MCAs, 349 MPs, 67 senators, 47 governors and the President among other top earners in public service.
The abolished allowances include; All Governors allowances, All Deputy Governors allowances, Reimbursable Mileage allowance/s, Special Responsibility Allowances, Sitting allowances for attendances by Members for Senate and National Assembly.
These salaries which have been gazetted on the Kenya Gazette will be used now as law. The Salaries are gross salaries subject to statutory deductions, The Salaries will be fixed for the term of Office including for all successors to the Office. These all will imply a saving to the Country of Kshs. 8,853,204,952/- (8.8billion) per annum on the various items of categories above.
The wage Bill will now drop from 52 per cent of GDP as it stands now to about 35 per cent of GDP, according to Ms Serem.