Monday, July 15, 2024

We must live within our means, Ruto tells striking doctors

President William Ruto has told off striking doctors that as a country we should agree and live within our means.

Speaking on Sunday during a church service at Eldoret AIC Fellowship church, the Head of State noted that the government was spending Ksh 1.1 trillion annually on salaries from Ksh 2.2 trillion collected in the same period.

“It is important for us to agree that we must live within our means. We cannot continue to spend the money we do not have,” he said

He continued by saying that the recommended wage bill should stand at 35% and not the current 47%. According to the President, those receiving salaries should have a discussion on how to reduce them in order to create more job vacancies for the youth.

“Our wage bill is 47% of our revenue. It should be 35% according to the law. So we are way above. We need a conversation so that those of us who earn salaries are responsible. And we can reduce our wage bill so that we can free more resources to create jobs for our young people,” said President Ruto

President William Ruto assured intern doctors that they will be paid under the terms of the government which stand at Ksh 70,000 for a period of one year before they are eventually employed.

“We mind them, we value the service they give to the nation, but we must live within our means. The resources we have are only sufficient to pay Ksh.70,000 for intern doctors. It is not a salary, it is only a stipend for one year then they will be employed,” said the President

The news comes at a time when the doctor’s strike entered it’s fourth week as the doctors decline the government insisting that the contents of the CBA should be honoured.

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