During his state briefing on Wednesday, March 26, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that some members of the Executive had decided to take voluntary salary cuts.
The president revealed that he would take an 80% pay cut together with his deputy William Ruto which means that he will now earn Ksh.288,000, which is significantly less than what Members of Parliament earn.
According to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission gazette notice of July 2017, the President currently earns Ksh.1.44 million per month.
His deputy, on the other hand, takes home Ksh.1.22 million but will now settle for Ksh224,000.
According to a press statement released by the Parliamentary Service Commission in July 2019, Every MP is entitled to a salary of Ksh532, 500 which is taxable.
MPs are not affected by the pay cuts meaning that their salaries will remain intact.
Speaker of the Senate, Ken Lusaka announced on Thursday, March 26, in a press briefing that he, together with his National Assembly counterpart, Justin Muturi, had taken a 30% pay cut.
“We have consulted with my brother here (Justice Muturi) and I said we speak for ourselves because we are on recess and both senators and members of the national assembly are still away.
“We have also agreed that we are going to take a salary cut of 30% for the next three months until the situation improves.
“For members of the National Assembly and members of the Senate, consultations are also going on and in due course, we will also be telling the country on measures that will be taken on how we can support what the president has called us as national leaders to do,” Lusaka stated.
The announcement was in a bid of releasing more money into circulation and in keeping with the tough economic times Kenyans are experiencing.
The Coronavirus pandemic has had adverse effects on almost all sectors of the Kenyan economy as a number of businesses are already feeling the heat.
Watch Speaker Lusaka’s press address here:
Also being affected by the pay cut are Cabinet Secretaries and Chief Administrative Secretaries who are to take a voluntary pay cut of 30%
Cabinet Secretaries currently take Ksh924,000 per month but will now earn Ksh646,000 after the 30% cut.
The 20% cut for Principal Secretaries will reduce their monthly salaries to Ksh612,000 from Ksh765,000.