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SRC: Pay cut remains a spoken word

04 April 2014, 16:53 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) is not targeting civil servants’ pay to address the runaway wage bill in the country, members of the commission have assured.

Peter Oloo Aringo, a member of the commission, said that the pay cut deal by President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and cabinet secretaries had not even been presented to the commission officially.

“SRC is not advocating for the pay cuts for civil servants. In fact, the President has not so far forwarded to the SRC any documentation that is proving his own pay cut. So far, it just remains a spoken word,” he said.

Aringo spoke in Vihiga County Thursday during the county dialogue on public wage bill sustainability, where he led a team from the SRC.

The event was attended by the area deputy governor, Caleb Amaswache, officers from the county and civil servants who gave their views on how to tame the soaring wage bill.

Amaswache said that if the country was to move towards sustainable growth, there was need for an affordable wage bill, and the cost of living should therefore be brought down for a comfortable life for Kenyans.

“Right now, many things remain elusive to the so called poor Kenyans. The government should work on the mechanisms to bring down the cost of living for these people,” he said.

The deputy governor said that the wage bill problem had been occasioned by dubious programmes which the government was running and which should be cut off.

“Things like the laptop project that has failed to kick off, yet lots of money has been channeled into it, should be stopped,” he said.   

Most of the officers claimed that the salary disparities were to blame for the ineffectiveness in service delivery for most of the state officers.

They further claimed that SRC was just but one of the commissions minting money from the poor Kenyans and thus there was no need for it to come down to the people, spending lots of money in the process.

“People are already demotivated by the low pay they get, especially the health workers like the nurses. Where are we paying more and where are we paying less?” Zadock Miheso, a nurses’ representative posed.  

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