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EFP welcomes move by President Uhuru, leaders to take pay cut

NAIROBI
By Mireri Junior | March 27th 2020

Economic Freedom Party Chairman Isaac Abbey at a past function. He now wants the money collected from the pay cuts from top leaders to be channeled towards the coronavirus pandemic. [File, Standard]

Economic Freedom Party (EFP) has hailed President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto for taking a pay cut in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic but urged for proper use of the funds.

In a statement seen by Standard Digital, EFP party chairman Isaac Abbey urged the government to collect funds generated from the pay cuts and use it in the fight against the deadly bug.

“EFP takes this earliest opportunity to welcome President Uhuru’s move to embrace pay cut to in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak to help the current health situation,” he said.

Abbey emphasised on the prudent use of the funds that will come from the said deductions, adding that if not properly utilised, the good gesture by national leaders will make no sense.

He urged the National and county governments to establish a structured way of how the pay cuts and the donations will be collected and channelled towards the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

“Both the national and county governments should come up with a structured manner of collecting this pay cuts and other donations to prevent bad elements from siphoning the donations for their personal gain,” he said adding that similar gestures have been abused in the past.

Abbey said it is only through a structured way of the collection that the funds will help in providing some of the much-needed items such as sanitizers, creation of awareness and others set aside for the medics who are helping those infected with the bug.

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“With well-laid structures for accountability, the money will go a long way in helping in providing sanitisers, advocacy to millions of Kenyans on how to avoid infection.”

Abbey also lauded the governors and other leaders led by the two Speakers for showing a good gesture when they also announced to take pay cuts.

“It is laudable that county governors and other national leaders have also embraced this good gesture to let go a portion of their pay for the sake of Kenya and to help combat and mitigate the spread of Covid-19.”

Government directives

EFP told Kenyans to adhere to the government’s directives and maintain personal hygiene and the social distance rule to contain the disease.

Kenyans should minimise movement, adhere to all the precautionary measures announced by the government, and above all wash hands and avoid handshakes,” said Abbey, adding that the coronavirus does not move, people move it.

President Uhuru on Wednesday announced an 80 per cent pay cut for him and DP Ruto in the face of coronavirus pandemic.

Uhuru also announced that all Cabinet Secretaries and Chief Administrative secretaries 30 percent while Public Secretaries will 20 percent less.

Governors followed suit by taking 30 per cent pay cut.

The decision was, however, reached after much haggling with the county bosses roundly rejecting a proposal for half salary reduction.

The county chiefs rejected a proposal for 50 per cent pay cut for three months citing huge loans and mortgages they are currently servicing.

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