Kenyan officials raise USD 2.14 million through pay-cut for COVID-19 fight

In its fight against the global coronavirus pandemic, Kenya has raised 214.94 million shillings that is USD 2.14 million, from voluntary salary cuts affecting top government officials.

The announcement about the 214.94 million shillings to be directed to the COVID-19 response was made by Kenya’s Treasury Secretary Ukur Yatani on August 10.

The salary cut was announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta in end March, who said that he would take a pay cut towards the cause, alongside other government officials.

Announcing about taking the pay cut in March, 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.

Several countries of the African continent have been affected by the global coronavirus pandemic and Kenya is among the worst-hit countries.

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