Teachers, lecturers and civil servants reject two-year salary Review freeze

This is Why We Propose Salary Increase For State Officers, SRC

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has defended the proposal to increase salaries for top government officials.

This was after a proposal was turned down by President William Ruto, especially for elected leaders.

Speaking on Saturday, SRC chairperson Lyn Mengich said Covid-19 had affected the salaries review but now things are back to normal.

She said the review was part of an earlier cycle that had been stopped due to Covid-19.

“SRC set a four-year review cycle and we are now in the third review cycle. There was a salary structure freeze due to Covid-19. The commission has now reviewed the Salaries as required,” she said.

On Friday, President William Ruto put on hold the proposed salary review for senior state officials.

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Ruto however said that can wait but salaries of teachers, police officers, KDF officers and other civil servants will be adjusted upwards by 7-10 per cent effective July 1.

“I know there is a proposal by SRC for the increase of salaries of different cadres of both civil servants and other public servants. Because of the economic times we live in, we have approved that salaries of other civil servants can be adjusted beginning tomorrow,” he said.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua’s salary was to increase from the current Sh1,227,188 to Sh1,367,438.

Other State Officers such as the Attorney General, the head of the Public Service, Cabinet Secretaries and the Secretary to the Cabinet were to receive a 7 per cent salary increment.

They were to earn Sh990,000 up from the current Sh924,000.

Principal Secretaries, the Inspector-General and the Director General of the National Intelligence Service were to get an increment of Sh54,656 on top of their current Sh765,188.

Other top officials in the Police Service who were set to benefit are the Deputy Inspector General of the Kenya Police Service, and The Director of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations who were to receive a Sh62,983 pay rise.

The state officers were to get a cumulative salary increment of 14% over a 2-year period.

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