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Sonko will take 50% pay-cut to raise teachers salaries

21 September 2015, 17:36 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko will take a proposed 50% pay-cut to help raise teachers salaries.

The Senator said in Nairobi Monday that he would support the decision by Budalang'i MP Ababu Namwamba to send a motion in government to reduce the salaries of the highest earning public officials by half.

He said that the decision would be a good one for the sake of suffering Kenyan teachers.

" I support my brother Ababu Namwamba. Teachers deserve to be paid better," he said.

" Top officials earn alot of money and they are not on the verge of poverty like teachers, so they should sacrifice and help ensure teachers at least earn something good," he added.

He stated that the KES 16,000 minimum salary earned by teachers was too low.

" It is too low in Kenya and the expectations of families," he added.

Namwamba's proposal will see the President, his Deputy, Members of Parliament, Senators, Cabinet Secretaries as well as senior ranking officials in ministries and corporations receive 50% pay cuts.

President Kenyatta said that there was no way the government could pay teachers the 50/60% pay rise offered to them by the Labour courts stating that the amount is way too much for the public wage bill to stomach.

Teachers have thus been on strike in protest over the move.

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