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Kenyan economy cannot sustain proposed wage bill

23 April 2013, 13:41 Paul Orodi

With the current situation that involves MPs seeking a salary increase, one is left to wonder if we will manage to implement the vision 2030 project.

The economy is barely making it through the financial crisis that hit the world back in 2008/2009 yet the newly elected leaders are seeking to have the wage bill inflated.

Currently, the legislative arm of the government is inflated in numbers as the national assembly now has over 340 members, up from 222 and a new house - the senate - that has about 60 members up from zero. Each of these over 400 members all has demands that ought to be met ranging from allowances to security personnel and other benefits.

That is the legislative arm alone; we still have the executive arm and the judiciary that is ever expanding to accommodate more judges to fast-track suits.

This inflated government is clearly a burden on the tax payer because it is obvious that there is no other source of money. Is it sustainable in terms of finances looking at the current state of our economy? Will we be able to achieve the millennium development goals let alone the grand project labeled ‘vision2030’?

It is high time that every government official sacrifices their own interests for the sake of Kenya.

Our economy is highly inflated, majority of citizens are unemployed and the poverty levels are unimaginable. Look at our infrastructure, our education system, the health sector, security department and social welfare - are they up to standards worth boasting over? If you cannot boast of something, it simply means you are ashamed of it.

I totally agree that all public officers and government officials are entitled to benefits and allowances that befit their offices but at whose cost?

Why can’t they show the level of humility displayed by Mahatma Gandhi and simply refute all benefits accrued to them in order to elevate the status of our economy? We are not asking for them to forfeit their salaries totally but to consider slashing them by a substantial amount in order to allow for developments to take place.

What will it benefit you as a public figure if you earn millions and yet everyday there are thieves who are hunting your property down because they lack proper employment?

Of what use will it be if majority of Kenyans are insecure in their various habitats and work places simply because you want a contingent of 10 or 20 security personnel?

All is vanity and if you cannot humble yourselves to serve humanity then of what good will you be remembered?

Our wage bill is simply unsustainable and the manner in which we have allocated resources is untenable.

We need a proper system where there is equity in terms of resource sharing, and considerable government expenditure.

Spending billions to pay a few individuals and leave the rest without anything is pure madness, and in no time a scenario like the one in Animal Farm might occur where the oppressed charge against the rulers in search of equity and good governance.

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