President Ruto’s Members of the Cabinet will forego one month’s salary to help Kenyans affected by the ongoing severe drought in the country.
The resolution was reached during the third Cabinet meeting chaired by President William Ruto on Tuesday.
“In solidarity with all Kenyans affected by the ongoing drought, the meeting resolved that all members will forgo one-month salary as their individual and collective contribution towards the ongoing State interventions that support all the Kenyans affected by the drought,” a dispatch from State House said.
The Cabinet consists of Cabinet secretaries, the President, Deputy President, and the Attorney General.
A cabinet secretary (CS) gets a monthly salary of Sh924,000, meaning the 22 cabinet secretaries will donate Sh20,328,000.
The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) slates the gross salary for the President at Sh1,443,750 per month while the Deputy President earns Sh1,227,188.
The Attorney General earns the equivalent of CSs at Sh924,000.
In total, the entire cabinet will contribute Sh23,143,313.
The move by the Cabinet serves to complement already existing interventions aimed at helping drought victims across the country whose number stands at 4.3 million.
Members of the military have also committed to forego one day of pay every month to help raise funds to combat the effects of the drought.