Ahead of the 2017 elections the salaries of Ole Kaparo and the NCIC commissioners were increased by close to 100%. Saa hii after kukula nyama ya Jubilee government wako hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil mode.
If MP Nimrod Mbai had threatened Margaret Kenyatta or Mama Ngina Kenyatta with rape angekuwa ndani saa hii.
Rotich nearly doubles pay at Kaparo-led NCIC ahead of polls
MONDAY, MARCH 28, 2016 9:50
NATIONAL COHESION AND INTEGRATION COMMISSION CHAIRMAN FRANCIS OLE KAPARO ADDRESSING JOURNALISTS ON SEPTEMBER 25, 2015. FILE
The average monthly pay of top National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) officials will jump to more than Sh1 million beginning July, placing them in the club of super paid public servants.
The 12 commissioners’ annual salaries budget will rise from the current Sh105 million to Sh181 million starting July on the back of a sharp increase in allowances, according to Treasury documents. The increments mean each commissioner will on average earn Sh1.25 million every month from the current average of Sh730,000.
Money set aside for the commissioners’ perks will increase from Sh42 million in the current financial year to Sh115 million, a 173 per cent jump, pointing to an expectation that they will have a busy schedule as the country enters the election season.
With a monthly salary of Sh1.2 million, the commissioners will join the special club of super paid public officials that includes the Speaker of the National Assembly, the Chief Justice and the Auditor-General, who earn between Sh1.1 million and Sh1.8 million a month.
NCIC chairman Francis Ole Kaparo said he was yet to look at the budget even as he acknowledged that the agency had asked for more resources to cover for an increased number of key personnel like police officers and peace monitors in the counties.
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The NCIC was formed in 2008 to promote national unity but is better known for taking on politicians whose utterances are deemed spiteful or likely to cause disharmony.
Its roles include addressing causes of ethnic discrimination, negative ethnicity, perceptions of discrimination, unequal distribution of resources and opportunities.
The other commissioners are Irene Njeri, Belinda Akoth, Adan Abdi Mohammed, Dr Roba Sharamo, Joseph Wamocha, former Tourism minister Morris Dzoro, and Gitile Naituli. Hassan Sheik Mohamed is the commission’s secretary.
Ex-officio commissioners are Otiende Amollo, the chairperson of the Commission for the Administration of Justice, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori and Winfred Lichuma, the chairperson of the National Gender and Equality Commission (NGEC).
The recently released mini-budget shows that the commissioners will come close to earning what the Controller of Budget, Agnes Odhiambo, gets each month.
The Treasury documents show that Ms Odhiambo’s annual pay is Sh17.6 million (inclusive of basic pay and personal allowances), which translates to Sh1.46 million per month. Auditor-General Edward Ouko’s annual pay is Sh19 million or Sh1.59 million a month. Commissioners of the recently wound-up Commission for Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) earned on average Sh1.4 million per month, putting them in the club of super earners.
The budget documents further show that Attorney-General Githu Muigai draws a monthly pay of about Sh2.6 million, consisting of basic salary and personal allowances. The President and Deputy President earn a combined monthly pay of Sh4.27 million. Some of the high-ranking officials’ salaries are set to rise in the financial year beginning July 2016.
The increase in the monthly pay of NCIC commissioners above Sh1 million goes against the Treasury’s attempts to rein in public officials’ perks to tame the ballooning wage bill.
Treasury secretary Henry Rotich has promised the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that the government will freeze most of these allowances and eventually make them part of the basic pay to avoid the arbitrary increases.
Senior civil servants and other high-earning government officials enjoy a wide range of allowances that ordinarily double their monthly pay but in some instances multiply their take-home by a factor of 10.
NCIC commissioners’ entry into the club of those earning more than Sh1 million a month further entrenches them in the league of super earners who make more than 10 times what most formal sector workers are paid.
Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics last year indicated that only 68,000 formal sector employees earn more than Sh100,000 a month, widening the gap between the top and the bottom end of the labour market. The World Bank has ranked Kenya as the most unequal country in Eastern Africa in terms of income.
Although the country has a higher income per capita compared to her neighbours, high levels of inequality in Kenya means the money is poorly distributed and is largely held by a small group of super earners.
The allowances allocated to Mr Kaparo’s team come in an election year when it is expected that hate-mongering will rise in political rallies and the NCIC will be expected to launch more cohesion building activities to cancel out the toxic effect.
This should see them travel more and hold many meetings — culminating into more allowances for them. Mr Kaparo has said they are also monitoring cases of incitement on social and mainstream media.
“We know there will be hysterical behaviour in the 2017 elections which is likely to mirror those that have caused violence in the past,” he said January.
The increase in the allowances and the NCIC’s budget is, however, likely to raise questions on its performance, with the agency yet to secure a single conviction against those it has charged with hate speech.