BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,11TH JULY 2017-President Uhuru Kenyatta has thrown his weight behind the move by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission to reduce salaries paid to all civil servants and public office holders aimed at checking the ballooning public wage bill.
Speaking on Tuesday 11th July said slashing salaries and scrapping some fat allowances would ensure prudent use of public resources.
He called on Kenyans to support and cooperate with the commission as it seeks to save Kenya over Sh8 billion a year.
The president, the highest-paid civil servant, is among State officers whose pay was hit in the new pay structure.
The Head of State’s monthly pay was reduced by Sh206,250 to Sh1,443,750 from Sh1,650,000 in the changes that will take effect after the August 8 General Election.
In the new structure, salaries paid to all ranks of elected leaders — including elected representatives at the national and county levels — will also be fixed for their term.
They will not be increased every year as is currently the case.
The changes also affect appointed State officers such as Cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries, the Attorney-General, the Chief of the Defence Forces, military service commanders and heads of the police.
Heads and members of full-time constitutional commissions — including the electoral agency, Auditor-General and the Controller of Budget — will also have to grapple with reduced salaries.
The SRC move has been received with mixed reactions across the country.Majority of those who have so far commended on the move have expressed their satisfaction with the decision.