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Kenya: Salary cuts for state officials, death of CS, grab headlines

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Salary cuts for state officials and death of former powerful Interior Cabinet Secretary, grabbed the headlines of major Kenyan dailies on Tuesday.“Serem cuts salaries in tough job changes,” reported the Daily Nation which pointed out that MPs were on Monday hit hardest by the salaries commission, which slashed the earnings of State officers, including the President, to save the country Sh8.8 billion annually.

“Salaries paid to all ranks of elected leaders — such as the President and his deputy, governors and elected representatives at the national and county levels — will also be fixed for their term,” reported the daily.

“Shocker for MPs as Serem releases new pay structure,” reported the Standard newspaper which pointed out that MPs are the biggest losers in new salary cuts for top officials intended to save taxpayers Sh9 billion annually.

“Besides a reduction in basic salary, Members of the National Assembly and Senators have lost five allowances, including a Sh5 million car grant,” reported the daily.

“Nkaissery died of a rare heart condition,” reported the Star newspaper which pointed out that A team of pathologists who conducted a postmortem examination have revealed the late interior CS Joseph Nkaissery died of heart attack.

“The doctors who conducted the autopsy at the Lee Funeral Home said investigations revealed that there was no foul play in the death of the CS,” reported the daily.

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