Nairobi: President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta announced that senior ranking officials of the Executive arm of government have agreed to take voluntary pay cuts in order to free up funds towards the fight against the novel coronavirus.
“Social Distancing is now our new norm, it is our new way of life,” President Kenyatta stated.
Speaking on Wednesday at State House in Nairobi, President Kenyatta stated that he alongside Deputy President William Ruto would have their salaries slashed by 80%. The Head of State added that Cabinet Secretaries and their Chief Administrative Secretaries would take 30% pay cuts. He further stated that Principal Secretaries will, on the other hand, have their salaries reduced by 20%.
The President also announced a raft of measures to save jobs and by extension the country’s economy.
- Slashed liquidity ratios, lowered interest rates, and a struggle to find a balance between social distancing and a largely informal economy, since the country’s first confirmed case two weeks ago
- A ban on imports of second-hand clothing, colloquially known as mitumba, a sector which employs tens of thousands across the country.
- Tax relief to low income earners (earning up to Shs. 24,000, ($240), and gave tax cuts to individuals, small businesses, and corporations.
- Suspension of the country’s three credit reference bureaus, which among them have about 5 million Kenyans negatively listed and unable to obtain credit from banks or fintech apps, beginning 1 April.
President Kenyatta also directed that all State and Public Officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above take leave or work from home henceforth.
“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.
Kenya now has 28 confirmed cases of coronavirus, the second highest in the region after Rwanda that has 41. So it is working to halt further spreading across the country.