President Uhuru, DP Ruto pay hike stirs debate
The move by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to increase by 10 per cent salaries of President Uhuru Kenyatta and that of his deputy, William Ruto, has elicited mixed reactions.
Nominated Senator, Martha Wangari, said the move is nothing out of the ordinary adding that salary matters are a preserve of SRC.
On his part, Elgeyo-Marakwet Country Assembly Speaker, Albert Kochei, said the issue should not be blown out of proportion.
However, Kibra MP, Ken Okoth, questioned the political legitimacy of the increments adding that it does not sit well with Kenyans.
He added that the President and his deputy do not need the salary increase and should set example by taking salary cuts.
According to the National Treasury, the combined annual pay of the two leaders will increase to 40.2 million shillings in the 2017/18 year from the current 36.6 million shillings, if the two are re-elected in the August polls.
Last year, the two leaders got a 9.1 per cent pay hike, despite an announcement three years ago that they would take a 20 per cent pay cut to contain the ballooning wage bill.