5 African presidents who slashed their salaries for the good of their people

Bridget Boakye Jan 30, 2018 at 10:14am

January 30, 2018 at 10:14 am | News

Bridget Boakye

Bridget Boakye | Contributor

January 30, 2018 at 10:14 am | News

Uhuru Kenyatta

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta announced a 20% pay trim to his salary in 2014 in a public showdown to address the government’s ballooned public sector wage bill. He cut his minister’s salaries by 10% and urged all MPs to take a pay cut as well.

“We need to deal with this monster if we are to develop this nation otherwise sooner or later we will become a nation that only collects taxes to pay ourselves,” President Kenyatta said.

Kenya’s politicians are among the highest paid on the continent. The president receives a $14,000-a-month basic salary ($168,000 annually), now $11,000 effective the pay cut.

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