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Ministers to walk away with Sh14m sendoff pay

From left, SRC chairperson Sarah Serem, vice chair Daniel Ogutu and commissioner Sellistine Kiuluku during a press briefing on July 10, 2017. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG
From left, SRC chairperson Sarah Serem, vice chair Daniel Ogutu and commissioner Sellistine Kiuluku during a press briefing on July 10, 2017. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG 

Cabinet secretaries who have served in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government since 2013 are set to walk away with Sh14.6 million each in gratuity payment when a new government is formed.

Principal secretaries (PSs) – who are the administrative heads at each State department – have also earned handsome exit packages of Sh11.8 million each.

Taxpayers will fork out Sh208.2 million to finance the sendoff packages for the 19- member Cabinet, and a further Sh365.5 million for the 41 PSs - highlighting the heavy burden of Kenya’s gratuity scheme for elected leaders and top public servants.

Members of Mr Kenyatta’s first Cabinet that was sworn in mid-May 2013, including Henry Rotich, Raychelle Omamo, James Macharia, Amina Mohamed, Fred Matiang’i, Jacob Kaimenyi and Phylis Kandie, are set to pocket Sh14.6 million each in gratuity.

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