National Restoration Party (NAREP) President, Elias Chipimo junior, has urged Republican President Michael Sata to adopt the kind of leadership shown by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta who has taken a 20 percent pay cut. (Uhuru Kenyatta has a net worth of $500 million, see below for more details)
President Kenyatta has together with his deputy William Ruto taken a 20 percent pay while Ministers take a 10 percent cut on their perks to help bring down the government’s wage bill.
Mr. Chipimo has told QFM News in an interview that such a bold decision shows that a leader has a heart for his country and inspires people’s confidence.
He laments that the Zambian government is consuming more than 60 percent of the national income yet people are not willing to take pay cuts.
Mr. Chipimo says there is need for Cabinet to take similar measures as the Kenyan government has done by cutting down on certain expenditure even outside their salary structures.
And Forum for Democracy and Development Spokesperson, Antonio Mwanza, has told QFM News in a separate interview that it will be commendable for the PF government to consider the measures taken by the Kenyan government.
Uhuru Kenyatta Net Worth
Kenyan politician, Uhuru Kenyatta has a net worth of $500 million as of November, according to FORBES. He is former Kenya’s Deputy Prime Minister and the son of Kenya’s first president, Jomo Kenyatta, and heir to some of the largest land holdings in Kenya. He owns at least 500,000 acres of prime land spread across the country. The land was acquired by his father in the 1960s and 1970s when the British colonial government and the World Bank funded a settlement transfer fund scheme that enabled government officials and wealthy Kenyans to acquire land from the British at very low prices. Uhuru and his family also own Brookside Dairies, Kenya’s largest dairy company, as well as stakes in popular television station K24 and a commercial bank in Nairobi, among other interests.