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SRC to terminate SIX allowances in new salary cuts​​

SRC announces plans to terminate SIX allowances given to state officers in a move to tame ballooning wage bill.

The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) stated on Monday that it would soon halt the payment of  allowances given to state officers.

The new SRC directive will have broad repercussions and have an impact on civil workers in various job groups that work for numerous Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).

Plenary sitting allowance, ministerial allowance, and taxable car allowance are a few of the payments that will no longer be paid.

Others include taskforce allowances for institutional internal committees, sitting allowances for institutional internal committees, and retreat allowances. 

In an official release, SRC stated that the six allowances had already ceased to be payable. 

This comes even as Members of Parliament in August 2022 threatened to disband SRC, after the commission proposed to abolish the plenary sittings allowance for MPs and Members of the County Assembly (MCAs).

The MPs argued that this would greatly affect their income as they are paid allowances for a minimum of four sittings per week. 

According to SRC’s circular issued on August 2023, the retreat allowance is paid to public officers who participate in special assignments. 

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The allowance is strictly allocated to state officers who develop and produce policy documents away from their offices. 

While abolishing the allowance, SRC issued the justification that a staffer’s capabilities are established during the recruitment phase hence the need for extra allowances that don’t offer value for taxpayer money is unnecessary.

SRC further argued that paying Sitting Allowance for Members of the Institutional Internal Committee together on top of their basic salary amounts to double the compensation. 

“Internal institution taskforces are constituted to execute the mandate of the institution,” SRC stated. 

In June 2023, President William Ruto stated that SRC should look for ways to slash salaries for high-ranking state officers to cut down the country’s ballooning wage bill.

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