Kenyan president takes 20pc pay cut

March 09, 2014 - 12:21:57 am
NAIROBI: Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced he and his deputy William Ruto will be taking a 20 percent pay cut and ministers’ salaries will be reduced by 10 percent in a bid to rein in the country’s soaring public wage bill.

The pay cuts will take place “with immediate effect,” Kenyatta said in a speech, adding that the current spending levels were unsustainable. The government will also limit foreign travel to only the most essential trips, according to Kenyatta. “Wastage in my government will be significantly reduced,” he said.

“We are spending 400bn shillings ($4.6bn) every year paying salaries; it leaves us only from our own resources a figure of 200bn shillings to transform Kenya,” Kenyatta said. “This is why we are saying that is the ratio which is not sustainable... We need to deal with this monster if we are to develop this nation.”

The president urged the country’s lawmakers to follow suit and also lower their salaries, ranked among the highest in the world and long a source of discontent among ordinary Kenyans. AFP