The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has revealed new salaries and perks for the next president, deputy president MPs, and other top public officials just days to the August 9 election.
Presidential front runners William Ruto of UDA and Raila Odinga of Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party are seeking to succeed outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua is poised to succeed William Ruto as the next deputy president should Raila win the presidency or Rigathi Gachagua will become the second deputy president in the event the Kenya Kwanza forms the next government.
Under the new scheme by SRC, the next president, and deputy president will pocket much higher salaries as compared to what President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto are currently earning.
The changes that will take effect in the 2022/23 fiscal year will affect basic salary, house allowance, and Salary Market Adjustment (SMA).
According to a Gazette notice dated Wednesday, July 27, the next Head of State will receive a gross salary of KSh 1, 443, 750 per month down from the KSh 1, 216, 250 that President Uhuru currently earns.
The deputy president will receive a monthly pay of KSh 1, 227, 188 after the commission made a KSh 190,897 additional pay.
“All State officers in the Executive will enjoy salary market adjustment,” said SRC chairperson Lyn Mengich.
The increase took into consideration the current market positioning, constitution, and statutory principles on the review of remuneration and benefits.
Cabinet Secretaries will be paid KSh 169,000 in SMA which will raise their gross salary to KSh 924,000 while the Principal Secretaries will receive a monthly gross salary of KSh 765, 188.
It is due to this that the August 9, General Election which has attracted more than 4,500 aspirants has likely tightened the competition not only for the presidency and the deputy presidency but for the six elective seats.