Vihiga MP Yusuf Chanzu has welcomed the move by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to slash salaries of state officers to reduce the wage bill.
SRC headed by Sarah Serem this week tabled reduced salaries of state officers, a move likely to draw mixed reactions from politicians.
Chanzu said the constitutional commission had the mandate to set and advise the government on the recommended income for state officers in a bid to tame the soaring wage bill.
He was speaking at a local hotel in Hamisi Sub County after facing a panel organized by Kenya National Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) to gauge the gubernatorial aspirants.
He applauded the move by the Commission and said it is high time the public servants accept the pay and work for Kenyans diligently.
“We have been employed by the electorate and it is healthier to work for the said pay. We must strive to offer the best services to our people majority of them are poor,” said the Vihiga MP.
The government has gazetted the suggested pay by the SRC and it will be an uphill task for MPs to change once next parliament will be in session.
The pay cut has also been supported by President Uhuru Kenyatta who said the commission had done an excellent job to reduce the wage bill.
Kenya has been grappling with increased wage bill with over 50% of the revenue collected going towards payment of salaries.