Kenya’s President announces 80% pay cut in move to free up funds to fight COVID-19

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As part of measures to fight the COVID-19 global pandemic, Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta has announced pay cuts for himself, his Vice President, cabinet secretaries, chief administrative secretaries and principal secretaries.

According to the Kenyan president, he is taking 80 percent pay cut, so is his Vice President, William Ruto.

He added that Cabinet Secretaries and Chief Administrative Secretaries will take 30 percent pay cuts, while Principal Secretaries will have their salaries reduced by 20 percent.

In a televised address to the nation on Wednesday, President Kenyatta indicated that the motive behind the decision is to help the country to mobilize extra funds to be able to fight the deadly coronavirus which is now a global pandemic.

The funds, the president noted, will specifically be used for the purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and medical supplies as Kenya combats the spread of the virus. He therefore urged other arms of government in Kenya to emulate the decision taken by the executive in order to free up enough funds for the fight.

Speaking from the State House in Nairobi, capital of Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta said, “I call on the other arms of Government and tiers of Government to join us in this national endeavor, by making similar voluntary reductions; which will free-up monies to combat this pandemic.”

The President at the time of the address confirmed that the number of cases in the country had increased by four and now stood at 28 indicating that one patient has recovered from COVID-19.

Other measures implemented by the Kenyan government in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic include an offer of 100% tax relief to persons earning less than Sh24,000; Income tax down from 30% to 25% by the National Treasury.

The Kenyan government has also put in place a daily curfew(partial lockdown) from 7pm to 5am effective Friday, March 27, 2020 and all State and Public Officers with pre-existing medical conditions or aged 58 years and above are to take leave or work from home.

 

Source: ABCNewsgh.com

 

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