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Ruto says the pay-cut decision was a hard choice

10 March 2014, 08:16 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - The pay-cut decision by the executive arm of the government was a hard decision to make but there comes a time when other factors have to be set aside, Deputy President William Ruto has said.

Ruto said the government spends 93 per cent on recurrent expenditure from the resources collected.

He said the high wage bill was a public fund guzzler and a threat to the country’s development and a measure had to be taken.

He confirmed that only seven per cent of the country’s resources are available and that’s why there is need to think and make hard decisions if the country has to move forward.

“If we spend 93 per cent of all the resources we have on expenditure, then we have nothing to go to development and this is why we have to take hard decisions if we are to move forward,” he said.

“We are going to have conversation and a consultative meeting next week so that we can agree on how to move forward,” said Ruto.

He exuded confidence that the country is in the transformation process stating that there is firm and focused leadership to ensure the constituents lead an improved life.

Speaking in Nyeri over the weekend during consecration and ordination of Rev. Paul Githinji Wanjohi and Pastor Eva Wangechi of New Life Church, Ruto said plans had been set out to ensure all the planned development projects are achieved.

The DP was supported by a cross-section of legislators, on the pay-cut issue, who said they were of the decision and would also like their salaries to be reduced by 10 per cent to contribute in the nation building.

MPs James Mathenge (Kieni), Esther Murugi (Nyeri town), Ndung’u Gethenji (Tetu), Peter Weru (Mathira), Kabando wa Kabando (Mukurweini) and former Othaya MP Mary Wambui said the gesture was not a popular decision but was an indication of development-minded government.

The MPs vowed to mobilize their colleagues in parliament to support the move and also consider contributing.

Ruto further urged all the arms of government to work together and eliminate confrontation and arguments that do not help in changing the lives of Kenyans.

He also announced that programs will be rolled out to empower women and give them strong opportunities of leadership.

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