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More cash for legal officers

NAIROBI, October 31 – The government has announced salary increments of up to 21 percent for legal officers in the Judiciary and the State Law Office.

Public Service Minister Dalmas Otieno told a news conference on Friday that newly recruited State Counsels and Magistrates would receive an increment of 15.8 percent on entry level, and 21.5 percent for those already employed, backdated to July 1 this year.

“A newly recruited State Counsel, Magistrate at entry level will earn a minimum basic salary of Sh30,472 from Sh26,323, the minimum basic salaries for Magistrates and State Counsel will be Sh77,527 from Sh63,782,” he said.

Mr Otieno revealed that his Ministry had also recommended an increase in the salaries of constitutional office holders such as the Attorney General, Chief Justice and judges.

He however said that the AG would table a Bill before Parliament for the proposed increment to be considered.

A Chief Magistrate will start earning between Sh109,000 to Sh140,000, up from Sh94,200 and Sh120,200 respectively that was paid before.

A Chief Court Administrator meanwhile will begin receiving Sh195,000 from Sh127,980, while the Director of Public Prosecution will get Sh302,900 from Sh200,500.

Kadhis I and Kadhis II will receive between Sh29,918 and 40,800.

The Minister attributed the increments to the Government’s commitment to attract legal officers into the Public Service, as well as motivating them to offer quality legal services.

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“Salary review is a continuous process in the Public Service and is aimed at attaining a harmonised salary regime and maintaining a reasonable margin in comparison with the private sector salary levels,” Mr Otieno went on.

He appealed to the Teachers Service Commission to discuss with the Education Ministry and see how they can harmonise teachers’ salaries. He said teachers at the lower level get more money than other civil servants, while the ones at the higher level earn much less than their civil servants counterparts.

The Minister said there was need to strike a balance. He also reminded civil servants that they should be accountable and see that their services to match their salaries.

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