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Treasury: Uhuru did not lie on wage bill figures

29 September 2015, 11:55 Dennis Omido

Nairobi - National Treasury has defended President Uhuru Kenyatta over reports that he lied to Kenyans on the actual public wage bill figures in his speech on the ongoing teachers’ strike.

In a statement, Treasury said the figures given by President Kenyatta were accurate and that the reports were misleading.

“Some press reports have stated that the public sector wage bill amounted to KES 329 billion for 2015/16 financial year, and that therefore the figure of KES 568 billion for 2014/15 financial year would imply a reduction in the wage bill.

“However, this is comparing apples and oranges. The figure of KES 329 billion in the Budget Policy Statement only covers the civil servants' and teachers, and does not include state corporations, defense, County governments and others,” the statement read in part.

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According to Treasury, the public sector wage bill is indeed KES 568 billion as stated by President Kenyatta and not KES 370 billion as alleged in the press reports.

“Moreover, in relation to revenues, the public sector's wage bill amounts to 52 percent and not 32 percent. It is clear that the press reports on the wage bill were completely inaccurate and misleading.

"Therefore, the figures contained in the President’s statement are the ones that are accurate and indeed the President did not lie as reported,” Treasury said.

Treasury went ahead to warn that the current wage bill is already too high and any further increases would have serious economic consequences.

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