President Kenyatta has backed the move by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to tame the ballooning public wage bill by slashing salaries of public officers.
Speaking during a press conference at State House on Tuesday, the head of state said slashing salaries and scrapping some fat allowances will ensure prudent use of public funds.
The president urged Kenyans to support and cooperate with the Sarah Serem –led Commission as it seeks to save Kenya over Sh8 billion annually.
The Head of State’s monthly pay was slashed by Sh206,250 to Sh1,443,750 from Sh1,650,000 in the latest changes that will take effect after the August 8 General Election.
Cabinet secretaries, principal secretaries, the Attorney-General, the Chief of the Defense Forces, military service commanders and heads of the police are also affected by the salary cut.
"I call upon Kenyans to support SRC's recommendation as this will help tame wage bill because the recommendations also provide a clear and transparent guideline to test fair pay and non-exorbitant pay," Uhuru said.
"Our government has ensured fair pay across divides and also reduces the wage bill and SRC is in line with what the Jubilee admin has embraced with time," he added.