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Kenya govt takes a pay cut

Nairobi, March 8 (Reuters): Kenya’s President and cabinet yesterday agreed to a pay cut as part of austerity measures meant to reduce the government wage bill and free up funds for use in economic development — and called on lawmakers to do the same.

Uhuru Kenyatta announced a month after his election in March last year that he would make reducing Kenya’s ballooning public sector wage bill a priority, saying it was “unsustainable” and weighing on the national budget.

The move was also a nod to public opinion, which often expresses anger at the salaries of public officials which are many times higher.

Yesterday, Kenyatta said he and deputy President William Ruto will be taking a 20 per cent cut on their monthly pay, and that the country’s 18 cabinet secretaries had agreed to take a 10 per cent pay reduction.

 
 
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