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President Kenyatta leads Labour Day fete

LABOUR-DAY-1NAIROBI, Kenya, May 1 – President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Tuesday address the nation from the Uhuru Park Grounds in Nairobi to commemorate this year’s International Labour Day.

Security at Uhuru Park has been tightened ahead of the celebrations, which will be graced by several VIPs and senior government officials.

The President is expected to address how his government will deal with the country’s wage bill, which he has confessed was too high.

Members of the Public who spoke to Capital FM News urged the President to address the basic issues facing Kenyan workers to help improve their living standards.

“I would wish the president to address the enormous challenges we are facing. Let him not talk politics, but issue,” said Peter Kamau, who arrived at Uhuru Park at 7am for the celebrations.

He added that he was optimistic the Head of State would tackle these issues because, “he promised to grow the economy during campaigns which is in the Jubilee manifesto.”

“The country wage bill is too high so I don’t expect the President to increase workers salary but he should lower the price of some products.” Mark Mutua added.

These will be the first Labour Day celebrations under the new government of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

His address will come amidst an outcry from members of the public on a decision by Members of Parliament to increase their salaries. The aggrieved legislators have been complaining that the pay is too low after it was slashed from Sh851, 000 to Sh532, 500.

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They accused the Salaries and Remuneration Commission of setting a salary regime that would put them in a compromising position by making them miserable.

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