Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji will be entitled to a salary of Ksh765,188 per month should he be confirmed as the Director General of the National Intelligence Service (NIS).
According to a notice gazetted by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) chairperson Lynn Mengich, a NIS DG is entitled to a basic salary of Ksh459,113 and a house allowance of Ksh150,000.
The Notice dated July 27, 2022, also indicated that the official is entitled to a salary market adjustment of Ksh156,075 making the gross salary Ksh765,188.
"A serving state officer and a state officer appointed on or after the effective date of this gazette notice shall be paid the monthly remuneration set herein.
"The monthly remuneration set herein is fixed for the term of office of the State officer unless reviewed and set by SRC," Mengich explained.
Salary Market Adjustment is a salary modification that takes into account market positioning, and constitutional and statutory principles on the review of remuneration and benefits
In addition to his basic salary, the Director General of the NIS is also entitled to a number of benefits, including a car and a medical allowance.
"(He) shall be provided with an official car of engine capacity not exceeding 3000cc. Medical benefits include an annual medical cover that shall be provided to the state officer, one spouse and up to four children below the age of twenty-five years fully dependent on the State officer.
"The medical cover provides Ksh10 million for inpatient, Ksh300,000 for outpatient, Ksh150,000 for maternity, Ksh75,000 for dental and Ksh75,000 for dental," SRC explained.
Other benefits include a leave allowance, a retirement gratuity and a pension, given out to an employee after retirement.
"The basic salary set herein is 60 per cent of the gross salary set herein. The deconsolidated remuneration structure set herein is in compliance with the judgment of the Employment and Labour Relations Court Petition 29 of 2019 in Nairobi," Mengich stated.
The Director General of the NIS is also entitled to a number of other perks including access to classified information, security clearance and diplomatic immunity.
NIS DG Role
The Director General of the NIS is responsible for overseeing the National Intelligence Service, which is responsible for gathering and analysing intelligence on national security threats.
The office's holder is also responsible for advising the President and the Cabinet on national security matters.
The salary and benefits of the Director General of the NIS are commensurate with the importance of the position.
The current Director General of the National Intelligence Service (NIS) in Kenya is Major-General (Rtd) Philip Wachira Kameru, a former soldier who served the nation for more than three decades before retiring and joining the agency on September 11, 2014.
Ruto Nominates Haji as NIS DG
On May 16, 2023, President William Ruto nominated Nordina Haji to replace outgoing Kimeru.
Haji has a long career in law enforcement. He is a graduate of the University of Nairobi and holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Kent.
Interestingly, Haji moves to the National Intelligence Service (NIS) on the same salary scale but with different roles and allowances.