By Camila Lunani
President William Ruto has disregarded the proposal by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to increase salaries for the top government officials by 14 percent.
Speaking at the KICC on Friday during the launch of digital government services, President Ruto discouraged the proposal and emphasized that the gap between the low earning public servants and the high earners is quite vast and should be lessened.
He shot down the proposal on salary increment for the President, Deputy President, Cabinet Secretaries as well as members of Parliament and other senior officials.
The Head of State precisely directed the SRC to adopt international best practices while reviewing salaries for the top government.
“It is not possible that the people at the top earn 100 times more than the people at the bottom. It is not right because we live in the same country, we buy the same food and we go to the same shop” President Ruto emphasized.
The proposal by SRC which caused public tumult pursued to have the President’s salary increased from the current Ksh 1,433,750 to Ksh 1,650,000 and that of the Deputy President from Ksh 1,227,188 to 1,402,500.
However President Ruto approved a similar proposal by SRC to increase the salaries of the lower category of civil servants from 7 to 10% effective July 1, 2023