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Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017 12:58 EATnkiru@kenyafreepress.com
President Uhuru Kenyatta has backed the Salary and Remuneration Commission’s move to reduce salaries and allowances. “The wage bill had gone to unexpected levels” said President Uhuru Kenyatta today at a press briefing at state house.
He further said the wage bill wasn’t in line with the economy and that called on the SRC to step in and create a framework to streamline pay structures. “I am today announcing my support for these broad and far reaching recommendations’” he said.
"I call upon Kenyans to support SRC's recommendations as this will help tame the wage bill because the recommendations also provide a clear and transparent guideline to test fair pay and non-exorbitant pay”, the President said.
He said the commission recognized and provided the three factors key to planning by any administration which are details of the compensation which public servants can expect now and in years to come, so that the government can plan its finances properly.
He further urged the SRC to harmonize the different wages of public servants to ensure fairness noting it was pointless to see one group isn’t paid significantly more than others doing similar work. Finally the commission should also provide a clear guideline for testing whether public pay is fair but also not exorbitant to avoid waste.
The SRC on Monday announced a significant salary and allowances cut for state officers, including the President, Deputy President, MPs, CSs, governors and MCAs among others. The reduction is expected to save taxpayers more than Sh8 billion annually.
The move was also aimed at reducing the bloated wage bill, according to SRC 2017-2022 salary structure, effective after the August 8 General Election.
According to the review, the next President will draw a gross monthly salary of Sh1,443,750, down from Sh1,650,000. The DP will take home Sh1,227,188, down from Sh1,402,500. Governors will earn Sh924,000, not Sh1,056,000.
MPs and Senators will no longer enjoy fat allowances and multiple perks, as these have been harmonised with other employees' allowances with some being abolished.
The SRC has scrapped sitting allowances for plenary sessions, special parliamentary allowances, special responsibility allowances and reimbursable mileage allowances.
Also abolished are county allowances for governor, deputy governor, reimbursable mileage, sitting and special responsibility.
Incoming speakers of the Senate and National Assembly will earn Sh1.155 million, down from Sh1.32 million. Deputy speakers will take home Sh924,000, not Sh1.056 million.
Majority and Minority leaders in the Senate and National Assembly will earn Sh765,188, compared with Sh1.020 million.
Senators, Cabinet Secretaries and head of Defence forces will gross Sh924,000 monthly, down from Sh1.056 million. The pay cut includes the Attorney General.
Principal Secretaries, vice chief of the Defence Forces, commander of the Kenyan Army, director general of the NIS and Police IG will take home Sh765,188, down from Sh874,500.
Pay for Air Force and Navy commanders will fall to Sh747,461 from Sh854,241.
To determine the new structure, the commission carried out salary surveys in countries of comparable GDP. Benchmarking was done in Canada, USA, India and South Africa!