The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) announced on Monday its intention to cut off six allowances provided to state officers, a move set to have far-reaching effects on civil servants across various job categories in different Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).
The directive by SRC will lead to the discontinuation of various allowances, including plenary sitting allowance, ministerial allowance, and taxable car allowance.
Further, retreat allowance, sitting allowance for institutional internal committees, and taskforce allowance for institutional internal committees will no longer be payable.
Speaking to the media, an SRC official confirmed that these six allowances had already ceased to be paid.
This development comes amidst the backdrop of Members of Parliament threatening to dissolve SRC in August 2022, following the commission’s proposal to eliminate plenary sittings allowance for MPs and Members of the County Assembly (MCAs).
The MPs argued that this move would significantly impact their earnings since they receive allowances for at least four weekly sittings.
According to an SRC circular issued in August 2023, the retreat allowance is granted to public officers involved in special assignments conducted away from their offices to develop and produce policy documents.
The commission justified the elimination of this allowance, emphasizing that additional allowances beyond basic salary during recruitment are unnecessary and do not provide value for taxpayer money, given that a staffer’s capabilities are assessed during the recruitment phase.
Besides, SRC argued that providing a Sitting Allowance for Members of the Institutional Internal Committee on top of their basic salary equates to double compensation.
In June 2023, President William Ruto urged the SRC to find ways to reduce salaries for high-ranking state officers to alleviate the country’s burgeoning wage bill.