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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Other agencies should follow SRC's bold pay cuts

SRC Chair Sarah Serem. /FILE
SRC Chair Sarah Serem. /FILE

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission announcement of new salary structures for state officers massively cut salaries and abolished a raft of allowances, especially for MPs and MCAs.

While the President has announced his support for the Sarah Serem-led commission, some politicians are quietly opposed to the decision.

This is a bold decision by Serem that should be supported by all.

Kenya’s current wage bill stands at 53 per cent of the national budget and uses up 55 per cent of the country’s revenue collection. This is way beyond the accepted international standard for sub-Saharan Africa, which is 34 per cent.

Its workforce now stands at a staggering 700,000 employees, with a wage bill that continues to rise.

Being in politics and in government now is more lucrative than being in the private sector.

Because of the recurrent expenditure development has suffered, with relevant government departments allocated very minimal amounts for development.

Other agencies should also set a lid for how much must go to development, especially in every county.

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