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The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has raised the monthly salary for the newly-appointed Chief Administrative Secretaries (CASs).
A CAS’s monthly pay will rise from Sh765,188 to Sh780,000 following a job evaluation that put the position in a higher job grade, according to a new SRC advisory to the Public Service Commission (PSC).
This means CASs will earn more than Principal Secretaries, and only the President (Sh1.44 million), the Deputy President (Sh1.23 million) as well as the Attorney-General, Cabinet secretaries (CSs), the Secretary to the Cabinet, and the Head of Public Service (Sh924,000 each) will be earning more than them.
“SRC has determined the monetary worth of the job of CAS at grade F1 and would like to advise on the attendant remuneration and benefits structure,” SRC chairperson Lyn Mengich said in a letter to her PSC counterpart Anthony Muchiri.
Business Daily reports that a CAS’s take-home under the new pay structure will increase when commuter allowance, which will be paid at the ‘official’ government rates, is factored in.
Under former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration, CASs were earning the same as Principal Secretaries, who are the ministries’ accounting officers.
The SRC has now classified the CAS position in grade F1 instead of the previous CSG 3 or an equivalent of Job Group V.
The new pay structure means that the 50 CASs who were sworn in at State House, Nairobi on Friday will be costing taxpayers Sh468 million annually for salaries alone.
A CAS is also entitled to an official car with an engine capacity not exceeding 3,000cc and medical cover that includes Sh10 million inpatient and Sh300,000 outpatient.
In addition, they are provided with a loan of up to Sh8 million, a mortgage of up to Sh35 million, Sh20,000 monthly airtime, and Sh50,000 annual leave allowance.
Upon exit, a CAS is paid a service gratuity at the rate of 31 percent of the annual pensionable pay for the term served.
Not sure that he has legal authority to create CAS positions! Seems like impunity like the preceding regime!!!
Are these jobs really needed?Is this not just buying future votes?
May be the Mpigs were on to something by resufing to vet these money greedy CAS...Not that they are anybetter when it comes to hiking their salaries...
i really dont understand what is going on in Kenya. Here we have 4000 professionals some of whom have been unemployed for 5 years.I am talking about the jobless Doctors.We need doctors.We do not need these damn CAS.The government is already bloated anyway.
I think this Salary and Renumeration Commission should be run by retired accountants.
Unfortunately, long term planning and fiscal restraint is not something these pigs at the trough are capable of. Moi was remarkably skilled at using patronage with equal doses of torture and state terrorism to divide, conquer and eat. Indeed they are now threatening to use extra judicial means to silence the opposition. In fact I just read that goons have attacked Kenyatta's and Raila's properties. I doubt this is mere coincidence or random raia doing this. The next step would be to use such incidents to "step up" security and create new laws to deal with the threat. The end result will be ugly. I am old enough to remember the back end of the Jomo's regime and how Moi ali fuata nyayo into a lost 2 decades of corruption, repression and economic decline.
@ Mundumugo, talking of longterm planning,we better have it for the roads,buidlings,and trains(SGR) are creating at a rapid speed.If not, you can imagine how they will look like in 20 years without meaintenance.
White people from advanced economies consider Africans to suffer from an incurable "Empty Bowl Syndrome". Kenya will spend those huge monies to pay political appointees then go begging wazungus for money.I miss Uhuru, Jomo, and Kibaki at least they borrowed for infrastructure projects not to reward supporters.
Kenyans are slaving away for these blood suckers led by these blood suckers who promised "mchele na nyama". How can a government keep spending like there is no tomorrow while claiming public coffers are empty and at the same time incurring new debt to pay old debts?! One has to be crazy, stupid, or just grossly incompetent to run a country like this!
These Kenyans are earning more than the US president to senators in that order per month in such a poor country surviving on debts? Ridiculous!!! Even the Russians and Chinese don’t pay their cabinet folks that much! Kenya inakwisha. Only revolution will bring serious change otherwise punda amechoka.
Politicians and Civil service pays huge. They must do away with huge house allowance, car grants and entertainment aka strip club allowance. Pay structure should mirror what rest of society is paid
We were warned and yet these hustlers elected this thug.Yet it is the same hustlers he will tax heavily to pay this political failures aka rejects aka thugs 780,000 per month for what bottoms up sycophants see yah life now
All I can say is "Ghaii"