Top government officials’ pay cuts raise USD 2.14 million for Kenya’s COVID-19 fight

FILE PHOTO: A worker gestures as he peers out of a public service van with a signage on the usage of face masks at the main central bus station, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in downtown Nairobi, Kenya June 22, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya/File Photo

Kenya has raised 214.94 million shillings (About US$ 2.14 million) from voluntary salary cuts affecting top government officials to aid in the country’s fight against COVID-19.

In end March, President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that he would take a pay cut towards the cause, alongside other government officials.

Kenyatta said he would take an 80 percent pay cut alongside his deputy, while all Cabinet Secretaries and Chief Administrative Secretaries would take a 30 percent cut and Principal Secretaries a 20 percent cut.

Local Business Daily newspaper on Monday reported Kenya’s Treasury Secretary Ukur Yatani to announce the 214.94 million shillings, which he said would be channeled to the COVID-19 response kitty.

Kenya is one of the worst-hit countries by the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa. The East African country had registered 26,928 infections and 423 deaths by Monday, according to the health ministry.

Only eight countries in Africa have reported more than 20,000 COVID-19 cases.