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Daily Nation : February 17th 2014
2 | National News DAILY NATION Monday February 17, 2014 NEW STRUCTURE | Report by salaries commission proposes major changes in remuneration of state and public officials Serem team rules out increments unless the public is willing to pay more taxes President to top pay list under new rules Sh1.6m BY SAMWEL BORN MAINA @Bornmaina firstname.lastname@example.org Resident Magistrates, Kadhis and Members of County Assembly have been ranked as the lowest-paid state officers. The Salaries and Remuneration Com- A mission (SRC) with the assistance of PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) — which conducted a job evaluation for all State offices — has created 112 state offices, up from the current 50. The commission has set the President’s salary at a maximum of Sh1.6 million. At one point, the head of the anti-corruption authority was the highest paid public servant with a salary of Sh2.5 million, higher than President Kibaki’s salary. However, the salary was reduced when Mr Justice (rtd) Aaron Ringera left the office. Yesterday, SRC chairperson Sarah Serem said the current wage bill does not allow for any public or state officer to get a salary increment unless the public is willing to pay more taxes. “We will only recommend salary incre- ments once the current wage bill returns to normalcy,” she said. Under the new structure, the Presi- dent was placed at level G — due to his enormous work of being responsible for cross-national, regional and global strategy formulation. The new grading structure has also TO COMMENT ON THIS STORY SCAN THE CODE OR GO TO www.nation. co.ke/17022014 reduce the powers of the chairpersons of the Parliamentary and Judicial Service commissions whose positions were initially graded as the fifth most powerful in the government pecking order. The two are now a rank lower and at the same levels as the heads of other commissions. According to the SRC report, the role of the Auditor-General was not comparable to that of the Controller of Budget. The evaluators, therefore, agreed that the Audi- new salary structure has placed the President as the highest paid government official in Kenya while Proposed monthly pay for the President. That of the Deputy President is Sh1.4 million. ‘‘ EVANS HABIL | NATION Mrs Sarah Serem, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission chairperson addressing a breakfast meeting at KICC last week. tor General be more powerful. The evaluators also said there was need to separate elective positions from appointed one in the grading structure. “It was noted that elective positions should not have any salary progression,” the report said in yet another blow to the perennial push by MPs to raise their pay. It was also a big win for the Chief Reg- istrar whose powers were increased to E5, making the job holder the sixth most powerful person in government service. The office holder will enjoy privileges accorded to the Controller of Budget, Members of Parliament and Deputy Governors. Also it was a big score for the chairs of the electoral commission and the Constitution Implementation Commission, as their powers were increased to F2, which means they will enjoy privileges previously accorded to the Chief of Defence forces, Cabinet Secretaries, the Attorney General and Supreme Court judges. Additional powers were also given to the commission secretaries who will be in the same level as the Registrar of Political Parties and other commissioners and vice chairs of constitutional bodies. The report has also recommended that the position of Secretary to the Cabinet be graded at the same level as other Cabinet Secretaries. It also recommends that the Principal Secretary in charge of finance be graded higher than other principal secretaries. Similarly, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission will be graded higher than other commissions because it has a more difficult and riskier mandate. Although PwC used the USA and South Africa for comparative bench-marking, Ms Serem said the salaries of state officials in Kenya could not be at par with those of their counterparts in those countries due to the prevailing economic conditions. In US, the President’s salary is set at Sh2.7 million a month against that of Kenya which Sh1.6 million. That of the vice-president is Sh1.5 while in Kenya, the Deputy President earns Sh1.4 million. The salary of the US vice-president is nearly the same as that of the Chief Justice and the Speaker of the National Assembly. The Treasury Secretary is the highest paid among secretaries in US, earning Sh1.3 million. The Chairman of the Federal Reserve (equivalent to the Central Bank of Kenya governor) earns Sh1.36 million per month. In Kenya, the governor earns Sh854,000. In the US, the chairman of the joint chief of staff (equivalent to the Chief of Defence Forces in Kenya) earns Sh1.5 million a month. His Kenyan equivalent earns Sh1.05 million. www.nation.co.ke TO COMMENT ON THIS AND OTHER STORIES GO TO Terror attack mall to undergo repairs BY NATION REPORTER The Westgate mall that was attacked by Al-Shabaab terrorists last year should undergo partial construction before it is reopened, a committee has recommended. According to a report by the Committee on the Rapid Restoration of the mall, the Nakumatt supermarket upper parking bay, which was heavily damaged, will undergo construction from scratch while other sections will only be refurbished before businesses are allowed back. The building was destroyed as security forces tackled terrorists who had invaded the mall. The attack left 67 people dead and more than 200 others injured. Most parts of the building, the committee found out, were stable and had only been peppered with bullet holes hence required only be refurbishment, according to the report, which is expected to be ready next week. I cannot tell the exact date that the mall will be opened” Westgate mall restoration committee secretary David Maigua The 16-member committee, which is chaired by Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero, will submit the report to Commerce and Tourism Secretary Phyllis Kandie before the end of this month. The committee’s secretary, Mr David Muigua, yesterday said the team had considered all the views given by the public. He said business at the mall would be back soon. “I cannot tell the exact date that the mall will be opened. I can only say the technical details in the report will have those time lines,” he said. It was noted that elective positions should not have any salary progression.” Report by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission.
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