'I didn’t ask for it!' Senator Sifuna rejects salary increase

Piece by: JAMES MBAKA
Politics

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Edwin Sifuna
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Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna has rejected the proposed salary increase of Sh14,000.

Responding to the report on the pay rise for senior state officials, Sifuna stated that he does not need the increase, which was gazetted by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).

"Let’s be clear about what we are discussing. The SRC is proposing to add 14k to my salary. I didn’t ask for it. I don’t need it. It’s still money, in a country where many have no income, but for perspective, I pay close to 300k in income tax every month," Sifuna said.

The Nairobi Senator further added:

"I will not fight for 14k extra when the whole country is saying we need to lessen the taxpayer burden. I don’t want this 14k. Ikae."

According to the new salaries effective July 1, the salaries of the President and his deputy will remain the same, while the Prime Cabinet Secretary and other Cabinet Secretaries will see an increase from Sh957,000 to Sh990,000.

Principal Secretaries, the Inspector General, and the Director General of NIS will now earn Sh819,844, up from Sh792,519 a month.

The Deputy Inspector General of Kenya Police and Administration Police, as well as the Director of Criminal Investigations, will see their salaries rise from Sh652,742 to Sh684,233.

Speakers of the National Assembly and Senate will each take home Sh1,208,362 monthly, up from Sh1,185,327.

Deputy Speakers will now receive Sh966,690 monthly, while Majority and Minority Leaders will take home Sh800,019.

Members of the National Assembly and the Senate will see their gross salaries increase from Sh725,502 to Sh739,600.

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