President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, March 25 announced that he and his Deputy William Ruto would take a pay cut of up to 80%.

President Uhuru also Cabinet Secretaries and their Chief Administrative Secretaries would have their salaries slashed by 30%.

By the same scale, Principal Secretaries will, on the other hand, have their salaries reduced by 20%.

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The head of state said senior ranking officials of the Executive arm of government had agreed to take voluntary pay cuts in order to free up funds towards the fight against the novel coronavirus.

“I call on the other arms of Government and tiers of Government to join us in this national endeavour, by making similar voluntary reductions; which will free-up monies to combat this pandemic,” he stated.

But of interest to many is what the president, his deputy and other members of the executive will take home after the new salary cuts.


This means, for a president, who according to a Salaries and Remuneration Commission gazette notice of July 2017 currently earns KSh 1.44 million per month, that could reduce to just over KSh 288,000, Citizen Digital reported.

The same report says DP Ruto who currently takes home a salary of KSh 1.22 million will take home KSh 245,000 after reduction by 80 percent.

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CSs who currently earn KSh 924,000 per month are just about to drop to KSh 646,000. This is more than double what the president and his deputy will be taking home.

Principal Secretaries have not been spared and will be taking a 20 percent reduction in their pay. A Principal Secretary currently earns KSh 765,000. This will reduce to Ksh.612,000 on their pay day next month.


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Koriema Safi