Speakers Muturi and Lusaka take pay cut

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka.

Speakers of both houses of Parliament have announced a 30 percent voluntary pay cut in response to the fight against the coronavirus crisis.

Speakers Justin Muturi (National Assembly) and Ken Lusaka (Senate) made the three-month commitment during a joint media briefing Thursday.

By Thursday afternoon members of the two Houses were yet to agree to take pay cut.

According to the a gazette notice issued by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) in July 2017, the Speakers of the National Assembly and the Senate are entitled to Sh1,155,000 in monthly gross income.

This means that Mr Muturi and Mr Lusaka will now take home Sh805,500 for the next two months.

Before the voluntary reduction is implemented, the two Speakers are required to formally write to SRC indicating their desire to have their salaries slashed.

SRC, the state agency in charge of remuneration of state and public officers, will then communicate to the National Treasury indicating the desires of the two Speakers.

“We have directed the clerks of the two Houses to write to the relevant government agencies expressing our desires to have our salaries reduced so that the proceeds can go towards the coronavirus kitty,” said Mr Lusaka.

The confirmed Covid-19 cases in Kenya rose by three cases Wednesday, bringing the tally to 28. At least 700 people who came into contact with the patients remain under close monitoring by the Ministry of Health.