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BY NAMULONGO PETER,NAIROBI,25TH MARCH,2020-President Uhuru Kenyatta has now announced that senior ranking officials of the Executive arm of government have agreed to take voluntary pay cuts in order to free up funds towards the fight against the novel coronavirus.
Speaking on Wednesday at State House in Nairobi, President Kenyatta stated that himself alongside Deputy President William Ruto would have their salaries slashed by 80%.
The Head of State added that Cabinet Secretaries and their Chief Administrative Secretaries would take 30% pay cuts.
He further stated that Principal Secretaries will, on the other hand, have their salaries reduced by 20%.
“I call on the other arms of Government and tiers of Government to join us in this national endeavour, by making similar voluntary reductions; which will free-up monies to combat this pandemic,” he stated.
President Kenyatta also directed that all State and Public Officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above take leave or work from home henceforth.
He said that this however excludes personnel in the security sector and other essential services.
President Kenyatta, during the address, also revealed that the country had recorded 3 new cases of Covid-19, thereby bringing the total to 28.
One of the patients has however since recovered and numerous other cases have been found to be negative after rigorous testing.