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Kenya’s salary commission cuts President’s pay by 12.4pc

Hence, the incoming President will get Sh1,444,750, down from the current Sh1,650,000 per month/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 10 – As eight men scramble for Kenya’s top job in the upcoming coming General Election, a disclaimer first; the Salaries and Remuneration Commission has cut the salary by 12.4 per cent.

Hence, the incoming President will get Sh1,444,750, down from the current Sh1,650,000 per month.

And he will not be the only one to get less than what he is bargaining for.

The Deputy President will get Sh1,443,750 down from the current Sh1,650,000.

The Attorney General, Cabinet Secretaries and the Chief of Defence Forces and in the same bandwagon taking a reduced salary of Sh924,000 from Sh1,056,000. Principal Secretaries too will get a salary cut, down from 874,500 to Sh765,188.

The Leaders of Majority and Minority have also be affected and will take home Sh765,188 down from Sh1,020,000.

Others to be affected by the new salary structure include commanders of various forces, Speakers of both Houses and Deputy Speakers.

Members of Senate and Members of National Assembly Parliament will take home Sh621,250 from Sh710,000.

The county government salaries have also been revised. Hence, incoming Governors will take home Sh924,000 down from Sh1,056,000 while their deputies will take home Sh621,000 from Sh701,441.

County Executives will earn Sh259,875 down from Sh350,000.

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Members of County Assembly (MCAs) will earn Sh144,375 per month down from Sh165,000.

“These salaries have been gazetted and are now law. The salaries are gross salaries subject to statutory deductions,” Serem said.

Overall, Treasury is expected to save Sh8.8 billion annually, following this new move.

The new structure will also see sitting allowances and mileage claims enjoyed by MPs be scrapped off, as will all governors and deputy governors allowances.

The Commission’s Chairperson Sarah Serem said the abolition of the reimbursable mileage allowance for Governors and MPs is due to its misuse and indicated that it has now been replaced it with a Zoning Rating system.

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