PRESIDENT KENYATTA VOICES SUPPORT FOR PUBLIC SECTOR PAY CUTS ANNOUNCED BY SALARIES COMMISSION

NAIROBI, President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared his “unequivocal support” for the bold recommendations on salary reductions for public sector workers announced by Kenya’s Salaries and Remunerations Commission (SRC) this week, saying the recommendations are in line with his Administration’s position on a transparent framework for the payment of public servants.

The Jubilee Administration has sought to guarantee fairness and transparency for paying public servants. Crucially, this has been part of our design to strengthen Kenya’s economy, to create more jobs and lower prices, he said here Tuesday.

President Kenyatta said the Commission’s report released here Monday by SRC Chairperson Sahar Seren streamlined public servants’ salaries as envisaged in the country’s new 2010 Constitution.

What the Commission is saying is in line with what the Jubilee Administration has contended and embraced over time. Our agenda and plans have reflected this, said President Kenyatta when he received the report on the recommendations of the Commission on the new public sector pay structure at State House Nairobi.

One of the key items on the Jubilee Administration’s agenda has been to answer the need to compensate public servants fairly, while managing Kenya’s finances prudently, the president said. In short, we sought a fair framework for public pay, which would also enable the country to live within its means, he added.

The President called on all Kenyans to support the Commission’s recommendations and the Jubilee Administration’s quest to keep the wage bill at sustainable levels. The days of wasteful allowances and peculiar but inexplicable payments are behind us. Better and more prosperous days lie ahead, said President Kenyatta.

He commended the diligence of the Commission, saying its report would go a long way in guiding and ensuring prudence in the way the country manages public funds.

Among other recommendations, the Commission proposed that the monthly salary of the president be reduced from ,650,000 shillings to 1,443,750 shillings (about 15,900 to 13,920 US dollars) and that of Deputy President William Ruto be revised downwards from 1,402,500 to 1,227,188 shillings.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK