By Andrew Ombuni
Members of the Kakamega County Assembly have taken a 10 per cent pay cut of their gross salary. The money will be used in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
The MCAs led by the Deputy Speaker and Mugai-Shirugu Ward rep Leonard Soita Kasaya announced that the MCAs both from the majority and from minority side of the house agreed to take a 10 per cent pay cut for the next three months.
The Deputy Speaker accompanied by Majority Leader Joel Ongoro told the media today at the Assembly premises that the total deductions will be at least Sh1.5million per month totaling to Sh4.5million.
“Following the spread of Covid19 in Kenya, the National and County Governments have been forced to take drastic measures such as imposing a dusk to dawn curfew and the closure of open air markets will also negatively affect the economy,” said Kasaya.
Kasaya said with the current economic situation in the country, leaders are supposed to marshal resources and use it to cushion the electorate from suffering.
“That in sharing the burden occasioned by the global health pandemic and to heed to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s call for other leaders to make voluntary deductions in their salaries, we have resolved that we shall be taking a 10 per cent pay cut for the next three months,” read Kasaya.
Mr Ongoro, the Majority Leader, confirmed that the MCAs would be taking a 10 per cent pay cut.
Governors and their deputies have also agreed to take a 30 per cent pay cut of their gross salary.
Council of Governors Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya said County Executive Committee Members would also take a 20 per cent pay cut. County chief officers will take a 15 per cent cut and all county directors and those in job group R taking 10 per cent cut of their gross salary.
“We have also resolved that other cadres are welcome to voluntarily contribute whatever percentage that they deem fit. We also call upon the County Assemblies to follow suit and agree on a figure as this is for the benefit of our people,” said Oparanya.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was the first to announce that he will be taking an 80 per cent pay cut as well as his deputy William Ruto, saying Cabinet Secretaries (30 per cent pay cut) as will Chief Administrative Secretaries and Principal Secretaries 20 per cent pay cut.