Kenyatta raises minimum wage to 12%


President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday led Kenya in marking this years’ Labour Day Celebrations at Uhuru Park in the capital Nairobi.

“I raised the minimum wage by 12 percent,” Uhuru said, clarifying that last year, his government did not increase the minimum wage because “we said we should work first”.

“Today, we have increased the minimum wage because we have earned it. My Government is also working to enforce parity and equity in the terms, conditions of salaries of public servants.”

As the Government moves to improve the welfare of the Kenyan worker, the clamour for increased pay should not only be pegged on the cost of living but also on the level of productivity of the worker.

Kenyatta appealed to workers both in public and private sectors to double their productivity to boost economic growth and justify future pay increments.

He said it was important to understand that all our efforts are required to build and improve our country’s economy.

The investor needs to understand that he cannot make profits without the worker, the President continued.

He said that the worker cannot get salary without an employer hence calling on all Kenyans to join hands in building a strong and prosperous nation.

“I urge leaders to focus on serving Kenyans and shun utterances that divide the country. Let us not criticize for the sake of doing so.”

“Let us be on the path of doing, let us try to make our country much better.” Kenyatta said his government was determined to make the country safe and is providing modern equipment to the security agencies and improving on their welfare.

“All Kenyans should also play their part by being vigilant.”

He said the country can only be safer if citizens work closely with the Government in security matters.

“Terrorist and criminals live amongst us, they know no tribe or religion. It is upon each one of us to know who our neighbours are and report those with ill motives. We should not politicize security issues.”

He vowed to continue leading war against corruption saying it was one of the ways of improving the country’s economy.

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