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SRC to hold debate on wage bill

10 March 2014, 09:34

Nairobi - The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) is Monday expected to hold a public conference on reduction of the public wage bill management following announcements by the President and his Deputy they would be taking pay cuts.

It was announced this past weekend President Uhuru Kenyatta and his vice, William Ruto, would lower their salaries.

Salaries and Remuneration Commission Chairperson, Sarah Serem, said that the issue of the country’s bulging wage bill was no longer “an SRC issue but a public one” hence the need for public debate on the issue.

Ahead of the public conference, Serem said there was no accountability in the public sector and that this needed to be instilled in the individuals so that the taxpayers could get value for their money.

“Individuals in the public sector are not accountable because we have not tied our wage bills to productivity,” said Serem.

She added that leaders should be able to earn their salaries through delivering such that the taxpayers could be able to say that their leaders do deserve the salaries they received.

Apart from the leaders, Serem said that there were more than 700,000 public servants in the country.

The wage bill management is set to move to the counties after Monday’s conference.

Serem said the reduction of salaries of public servants was a measure that could be taken to manage the wage bill.

She added that there would be another conference on the wage bill in April, which would culminate in the development in a national Wage Bill Policy.

– CAJ News

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