No standing ovation for Uhuru over MPs salary cuts

Ballooning wage bill

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President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO: EAGLE

Tough times await elected leaders following the announcement yesterday, March 15, they be ready for a pay cut, that they are earning too much.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said that to the Members of Parliament in his final State of the Nation address before Kenyans go to the polls in August.

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Uhuru is received at Parliament for the State of the Nation Address on March 15, 2017. PHOTO: PSCU

“We must always remember the calling of leadership is to serve. Not to become rich through serving,” part of the President’s speech read.

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“We have kept the promise,” he said repeatedly, as he enumerated what his government has fulfilled from the 2013 election promises.

Going by the seat occupancy at the chamber, it’s safe to say many opposition lawmakers decided to show up and listen, instead of boycotting the address as a section had threatened to. There was drama last year when whistle-blowing Opposition MPs were thrown out.

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According to President Uhuru a report by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission proposes reduced pay for elected leaders who will be voted in in August.

Uhuru said: “As politicians, we must accept our ever-increasing salaries and allowances have contributed to unsustainable demands by other public sector cadres to increase their own remuneration, at the expense of our people and development.”

He said the interim report recommends rationalisation of salaries and allowances for senior state officers, public servants and elected officials, right from county reps all the way to the President.

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“That will result in reduction in salaries and allowances for those elected in August. As your President and a Kenyan, I fully support the recommendations and call upon all of us to adopt them,” he said.

Uhuru ephasised on the increasing wage bill consuming half the revenue collected