The Salaries and Remunerations Commission (SRC) on Thursday, August 10 explained why President William Ruto and his Deputy Rigathi Gachagua did not get pay increment in recent reviews for all public officers.
While appearing on Citizen TV, SRC chairperson Lynn Mengich said that the Head of Public Service Commision wrote to SRC saying that the two leaders had rejected this year’s salary review and increase.
“During public participation we do ask anybody who would like to give feedback to send a memorandum we engage all the employing entities. So, for the presidency it goes to the Head of Public Service, which is how we got their feedback,” SRC chair said.
Furthermore, she went on to disclose that the next salary review for government officials will be done in 2025, hence Ruto and Gachagua will not get a pay rise till then.
The president’s monthly salary will remain at Ksh1.4 million while his deputy is at Ksh1.2 million and for the members of parliament it shot to Ksh710,000 inclusive of allowances.
SRC raises salaries except for Ruto and Gachagua
The Commission on Wednesday, August 9 announced salary increments for Civil Servants in a new review.
In the new review, Civil Servants will now get a pay rise of between 7 percent to 10 percent.
Addressing the press, Mengich noted that the salary increment will be backdated to July meaning the increment will take effect from July 1,2023 to July 1, 2024.
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The proposal also wanted the President to earn Ksh.1.54 million and the DP to earn Ksh.1.36 million.
Cabinet Secretaries will have their salaries raised to Ksh.957,000 from Ksh. 924,000.
However, this increment for cabinet secretaries is lower than the amount that SRC proposed, which would have seen them receive a monthly salary of Ksh. 990,000.
Mengich further revealed that the National Treasury had allocated Ksh. 21.7 billion for the financial year 2023/2024.
Furthermore, the SRC boss noted that most state corporations will be frozen because they are at an average of 89th percentile.