The First Lady, senior officers in the police and in the Judiciary are among the losers in the imminent slashing of allowances paid to public servants.
At the same time, teachers will be big winners as their allowances are increased to match the rates paid to other civil servants, a move meant to assuage their demands for higher pay.
If recommendations by consultants Deloitte and Touche, on behalf of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), are implemented, the government will radically slash from 156 to 45 the different types of allowances public servants claim.
SRC chairperson Sarah Serem, while launching a review of the allowances in the public service, said trimming of the allowances will see the government save Sh125 billion, translating to 25 per cent of the annual wage bill.
Some Sh184 billion was paid in form of allowances to public officers in the last financial year. This will go down to Sh56 billion.
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and other senior officers who have been receiving up to Sh500,000 in responsibility allowance will lose this amount that is set to be scrapped.
“The purpose for this allowance duplicates that of extraneous allowance for the same staff grades. It is recommended that the allowance be abolished from the public service,” the report says.
Extraneous allowances, over and above the basic salary, paid to the police and prisons bosses, medical doctors and officers working in State House, will be abolished.
The allowances are meant for officers whose duties are considered as exposing them to excess physical and mental stress as well as extended and undefined long working hours.
The monthly flat rate for this allowance ranges from a high of Sh60,000 for Prisons Commissioner-General to a low of Sh800 for junior cadres in the civil service.
Officers in higher job groups, who have been enjoying a non-accountable monthly entertainment allowance of up to Sh100,000, will no longer have that privilege. It will be replaced by cards with a ceiling on how much they can spend.
“It is recommended that the allowance be retained as a facilitative allowance and a ceiling be established and chip cards introduced as a control measure,” the report..
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