The Star (Nairobi)

20 February 2013

Kenya: Narok Civil Servants Unhappy With Pay

CIVIL Servants in Narok county are up in arms over salary disparities. Led by Narok resident magistrate Celesa Nyakundi, the public servants said majority of the civil service officers in the higher job groups get better allowances and tax remittances as compared to their juniors.

Nyakundi was speaking yesterday after presenting her views to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission at the Narok County Council Hall.

"It is against the constitution to give a judge an allowance for house-helps from the taxpayers money," said Nyakundi.She said judges receive good pay as compared to their juniors, who cannot afford house-helps because they are poorly paid.

The commission's vice chairman Daniel Ogutu assured the officers that their views will be taken into consideration.Ogutu said their work is to receive views and present them to the relevant authorities.

"The commission working towards achieving harmonised salaries in all government departments," he said.He added that the commission is conducting an audit to expose possible ghost workers who could be on the government's payroll.

Ogutu urged the civil servants to be patient, as the commission comes up with a harmonised salary framework.

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