Ndindi Nyoro: I will commit 100 percent of my April salary to the coronavirus fight
By Fay Ngina | April 2nd 2020
Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro has vowed to commit 100 percent of
his April 2020 salary to help fight the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)
pandemic in the country.
Nyoro made his remarks on Wednesday, April 1, during the
launch of Kambirwa Assistant County Commissioner's office, urging his staff
members to take a pay cut as well.
The legislator pointed out that despite not having any
coronavirus case in the constituency, other informal sectors such as boda boda
operators and Mama mbogas are experiencing economic hardships.
"We may not have a single case registered in Kiharu
Constituency. However, people in the informal sector, such as boda boda
operators and greengrocers, are experiencing the economic hardship wrought by
"And, because we understand the financial problems the
virus has subjected this group of people to, I will commit 100 percent of my
April salary to the COVID-19 fight. Staff members attached to my office,
including the CDF management, will take a 20 percent pay-cut," said the
Nyoro's announcement comes after several Kenyan politicians
vowed to take pay cuts to help fight the spread of the pandemic.
On March 26, Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino wrote to the
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, saying that he will take a 50% salary
"My conscience does not allow me to sit back and watch
as Kenyans struggle to make ends meet during this difficult time. This is to
therefore notify you that I will be donating 50% of my monthly salary to the
national effort against COVID-19. I am requesting your good office to reflect
the same," read part of the letter.
Nandi Governor Stephen Sang' on March 23 also announced that
he would take a 30 percent pay cut for March and April.
"We have agreed to take pay cuts for the months of
March and April, starting with myself and the deputy who will take a 30% pay
cut. The County Secretary, CECs, and Chief Officers have agreed to take a 25%
pay cut for the same period," said the Governor.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, while announcing his 80 percent
pay cut, urged other leaders to do the same, adding that his deputy William
Ruto also agreed to have his salary slashed.
Chief Justice David Maraga announced that the Supreme Court
judges would take 30 percent salary pay cuts.
"The Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu and myself
will take a 30 per cent pay cut for three months. The other four Judges of the
Supreme Court – Mr Justice Ibrahim Mohammed, Mr Justice Smokin Wanjala, Lady
Justice Njoki Ndung' u and Mr Justice Isaac Lenaola have also graciously agreed
to take a 20 per cent pay cut for three months," said Maraga.
Senate Speakers Kenneth Lusaka and Justin Muturi also
announced that they would take 30 percent pay cuts to fight the pandemic.
Yesterday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe announced that the number
of coronavirus cases in the country rose by 22, bringing the total to 81.
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