Salaries commission to scrap some perks for civil servants

Thursday March 21 2019

SRC chairperson Lyn Cherop Mengich

Salaries and Remuneration Commission chairperson Lyn Cherop Mengich. The commission has announced that it will phase out some allowances paid to civil servants. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

OUMA WANZALA
By OUMA WANZALA
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The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has announced that it will phase out some allowances paid to civil servants.

Speaking at a media breakfast meeting in Nairobi on Thursday, SRC chairperson Lyn Mengich asked civil servants to focus on productivity as opposed to the clamour for salary increase.

It emerged that over 140 allowances were being paid to civil servants.

On public servants doing business, Ms Mengich said civil servants should commit 100 per cent of their time in doing what they are hired to do.

"We will not continue to compensate workers for services not delivered," said Ms Mengich.

WASTAGE LEVELS

She said the annual wage bill for the country’s 700,000 public officers is Sh733 billion. This, she said, represents 53 per cent of ordinary revenue, contrary to Public Finance Management Act and regulations’ requirement. The Act requires 35 per cent of revenue to be spent on personal emolument.

Ms Mengich said demand for higher salaries by employees had led to disruption of economic activities in the country.  

She blamed industrial unrests on non-adherence to SRC’s advise by some employers.

ACHIEVEMENTS

She said some of SRC’s achievements included job evaluation for state and public officers, review of CBA cycle from two to four years. This, she said, has promoted stability during the CBA cycle.

Others are salary structure for national and county governments and wage bill management. SRC Vice-chairman Dalmas Otieno regretted the wastage levels in counties.

Kenya Editors Guild Chairman Churchill Otieno said the media will continue to put government officers to task in order to deliver better services to Kenyans. He asked SRC to provide information to the media.