Gachagua Explains Salary Delay for Civil Servants

A photo of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Second Lady Dorcas Rigathi attend a service at the PCEA Ngorano Center Church in Mathira on April 9,  2023.
A photo of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua attending a service at the PCEA Ngorano Center Church in Mathira on April 9, 2023.
Rigathi Gachagua

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on Sunday, April 9,  disclosed that the National Treasury prioritised settling matured loans which caused delay in the release of salaries for public servants.

Gachagua explained that Treasury did not have enough money left to pay all civil servants after clearing the wage bill for March.

He noted that the government relied on revenue collection for the subsequent week to meet the cash requirements.

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A photo of Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and Second Lady Dorcas Rigathi attending a service at the PCEA Ngorano Center Church in Mathira on April 9, 2023.
Rigathi Gachagua

"What we collected the last two weeks was sufficient to pay the loans. What we are collecting this week will pay salaries and other requirements," the DP explained.

The DP reiterated that the country was in financial turmoil and pointed a blaming finger at former President Uhuru Kenyatta's administration.

"We are not the ones who borrowed that money, but we have to pay because this money is owned by Kenya. William Ruto is the President, and he cannot run away from those debts,ā€ he stated.

Explaining the situation during a church service at PCEA Ngorano Centre Church in Mathira Nyeri County, he urged the clergy to pray for God to give the Head of State wisdom to solve the country's crisis.

On the flip side, he lashed out at Azimio leader Raila Odinga for calling for mass actions on the pretext of addressing the rise in the cost of living.

"Just how foolish does Odinga think Kenyans are? Where was he when the prices of these commodities were on the rise during Kenyatta's time?" Gachagua posed.

His sentiments came days after concerns by the members of parliament over the delays, one that critics argued never happened in former regimes, even during harsh economic times.

Among those who came out guns blazing is the Leader of the Minority in the National Assembly Opiyo Wandayi who claimed that Members of the Parliament had not been paid.

However, Kikuyu lawmaker Kimani Ichung'wah dismissed the claims stating that all MPs had been paid on April 5.

Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi.
Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi.
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