15 February 2013

Kenya: Salaries Team On Embu Tour

Salaries Remuneration Commission laments that allowances on state and public officers salaries are what has contributed to the current unbearable wage bills.

One of the commissioners Sarah Kinyua said yesterday in Embu that so many unnecessary allowances paid on top of basic salaries have rendered the wage bill which the government pays monthly be too high and unsustainable.

She was speaking when she led a team of SRC commissioners in collecting views on the recently proposed state officers salaries at Embu's County Council hall.

She said some of the allowances were set up owing to personal interests amongst other considerations and the moment they are done away with the government will be left to pay sustainable salaries.

Kinyua said during the meeting organised by Embu county commissioner Hellen Kiilu that there was no need of paying responsibility allowance and at the same time pay the same person extraneous allowance.

She said the issue of the allowance is one of the crucial matters they want to deal with in their duty of ensuring that every state officer and public servant gets what he or she deserves.

"Allowances like the house allowance are necessary and medical allowances and should continue to be paid," she said. She however said that some allowances like the medical, should be converted into insurance covers.

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