WATCH – Kenya: Opposition and Jubilee Differ On President Kenyatta’s State of the Nation Address

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s State of the Nation address in Parliament on Wednesday elicited mixed reactions from leaders.

Whereas opposition leaders said the speech failed to meet Kenyans expectations on the government’s scorecard, those from Jubilee said it was one of the best by the President.

Senate Minority Leader Moses Wetang’ula (Bungoma) said that the President, at the very most, delivered nothing but a campaign speech that had nothing to do with the State of the Nation.

National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said he was optimistic Parliament would support the salaries commission report to reduce the salaries of elected leaders.

“It is sad to hear that 50 per cent of the wage bill, which is close to Sh600 billion, goes to salaries and allowances,” said Mr Duale.

Deputy Senate Speaker Kembi Gitura (Murang’a) said: “Salaries should be rationalised so that the difference between the lowest- and highest-paid person is not high.”

Senate Deputy Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo-Marakwet) supported the President’s efforts to ensure equity in payment of public officers. “We must,” said Mr Murkomen. “It is a shame that two per cent of the country is consuming half of the taxes.”

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SOURCE: Daily Nation
Dennis Odunga

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