How much Uhuru, Ruto will be earning after 80% pay cut


FILE PHOTO | President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto after delivering a statement to ...
FILE PHOTO | President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto after delivering a statement to the Press at State House in Nairobi on September 21, 2017. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

In a view to releasing more money into circulation and in keeping with the tough economic times Kenyans are experiencing, President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced voluntary salary cuts by the Executive.

The measures could see the president earn less than his juniors in an unprecedented move.

President Kenyatta says his deputy William Ruto and himself will take a pay cut of 80 percent. This means, for a president, who according to a Salaries and Remuneration Commission gazette notice of July 2017 currently earns Ksh.1.44 million per month, that could reduce to just over Ksh.288,000.

It’s even lower for the deputy president who currently takes home a pay of Ksh.1.22 million. This is about to be reduced by 80 percent to settle at just over Ksh.245,000.

Cabinet Secretaries and Chief Administrative Secretaries are to take a voluntary pay cut of 30 percent.

CSs who currently earn Ksh.924,000 per month are just about to drop to Ksh.646,000. This is more than double what the president and his deputy will be taking home.

Principal Secretaries have not been spared and will be taking a 20 percent reduction in their pay. A Principal Secretary currently earns Ksh.765,000. This will reduce to Ksh.612,000 on their pay day next month.

Meanwhile, in a bid to secure the heath of older and sickly civil servants, the president has allowed all state and public officers aged 58 and above or those that are suffering from pre-existing conditions to take leave or be working from home.

Pre-existing conditions include chronic illnesses like diabetes, cancer and hypertension. COVID-19 has been reported to adversely affect older patients and those with pre-existing conditions.

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