In a move to support public servants during difficult economic times, Kenya’s President William Ruto has approved a salary increase for civil servants below the rank of Principal Secretaries. Teachers, police officers, military personnel, and other civil officers will all benefit from the salary adjustment, which will be implemented from July 1, 2023. The adjustments, ranging from 7 to 10 percent, aim to address the economic circumstances faced by these essential workers.

However, President Ruto rejected a proposal to increase the salaries of senior government officials, including himself, stating that the matter can wait. Instead, he called for the rationalization of earnings in the top cadres, highlighting the need to reduce the widening gap between the highest and lowest-paid workers. President Ruto has tasked the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to provide international best practices in order to achieve this goal.

The decision comes amidst concerns over the disparities in earnings within the public sector, with instances of officials in certain parastatals earning more than the Head of State. President Ruto has emphasized the importance of reducing this gap, stating that all workers should be on more equal footing. Additionally, he stressed the need for prudent

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