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Babu Owino Criticizes Government Salary Increases for State Officers

by Paul Nyongesa
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Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino has vehemently criticized the government’s decision to increase the salaries of State officers, including the President, Deputy President, Cabinet Secretaries, and Members of Parliament, amidst the ongoing financial difficulties currently affecting the country.

This decision has sparked significant controversy, especially given the current economic times.

In a Gazette Notice No. 10346 dated August 9, 2023, the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) reviewed and set the remuneration and benefits for State officers in the executive branch of the National Government under the third remuneration and benefits cycle, covering the financial years 2021/2022-2024/2025.

The notice outlines substantial salary increases for top government officials.


If implemented, the salaries of Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi, Attorney General Justin Muturi, and other senior officials will rise from Sh 957,000 to Sh 990,000.

MPs and Senators, whose current salary stands at Sh 725,502, will see their pay increased to Sh 739,600 monthly.

Additionally, Governors’ salaries will increase from Sh 957,000 to Sh 990,000, while Members of County Assembly (MCAs) will have their monthly pay boosted from Sh 154,481 to Sh 164,588.

Despite the Gazette Notice not yet being in effect, the Embakasi East Lawmaker voiced strong opposition to these proposed salary hikes.

He argues that it is not the right time for such increases, especially as President William Ruto’s administration faces mounting pressure for wasteful spending in the wake of anti-finance protests.

“MPs and other state officers should not be added even a coin. It’s sad to increase salaries while Kenyans have no jobs, no capital to start businesses, no money to pay school fees, and no money for medication. Say no to salary increments,” Babu Owino wrote.

Babu’s sentiments came just a day after President Ruto, in an address to the nation following deadly protests spearheaded by Gen-Z, directed budget cuts on non-essential expenditure within his office. This move was seen as an attempt to quell public anger and demonstrate a commitment to fiscal prudence.

However, the proposed salary increases for State officers appear to contradict this message, further fueling public outcry.

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