Teachers are among civil servants who will enjoy a salary increase of between 7-10% starting this July.
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This follows President William Ruto’s remarks on Friday, June 30 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) that there is a need to cushion civil servants from the difficult economic times.
“I know there is a proposal by SRC for the increase of salaries of different cadres of both civil servants and other public servants. So our teachers, policemen, military space, and those working in government, we have agreed that from tomorrow your salaries will be adjusted between 7 and 10 percent,” Ruto said during the launch of the new e-citizen platform.
The president has also urged the SRC to postpone revising the salaries of State officers such as himself, his deputy Rigathi Gachagua, Cabinet, and Principal Secretaries, stating that those may wait.
“Salaries for state officers like myself, my deputy, ministers, principal secretaries, and those other top officials…let us wait for a while please, our salaries will remain unchanged,” said Ruto.
Earlier on the SRC proposed raising Ruto’s salary from Sh1,443,750 to Sh1,546,875 and his deputy’s salary from Sh1,227,188 to Sh1,367,438 beginning July 1.
Other top government officials set to receive a 7 percent salary increase include the Attorney General, the Head of the Public Service, Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, the Inspector-General, the Director General of the National Intelligence Service, and the Secretary to the Cabinet.
However, the idea was rejected by the Head of State, who stated that there is a need to first achieve equity in salary payments before enacting the raise.
“Until I have instructed the SRC to give us international best practices because we need to reduce the gap between all of us who work for the people of Kenya. It’s not possible that the people at the top earn 100 times more than those at the bottom, it’s not right because we live in the same country.”