National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and his Senate Counterpart Ken Lusaka will take a 30% pay cut for the next three months to support the fight against COVID 19.
Their announcement comes barely a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto announced they will take an 80% pay cut as well.
“Parliament will prioritise the consideration of the proposals by H.E. the President, which are expected to cushion the economy from the effects of this pandemic, as soon as we receive the bills containing these proffered measures, from the National Treasury.” Muturi said.
The two Speakers said the shall be requesting the Treasury to establish a mechanism for effecting these remittances, alongside others from the Members of the Executive, other government agencies, and anyone in the legislature who would wish to voluntarily join the initiative.
Lusaka says Members of Parliament are in consultations on the same and once a decision is made they will communicate to Kenyans.
Muturi said should the need for a special sitting arise, they will make necessary arrangements to ensure they observe social distancing during the sitting.
Lusaka said the Senate will reconvene next week saying the minimum number of Senators needed for the house to conduct business is 15 making it easy for the Senate to observe social distancing.