Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi has told Kenyans to “tighten their belts” and expect “tough times ahead” for at least three years, further crushing hopes of Kenyans who had hoped things would be better.
Mudavadi, while speaking to one of the local dailies, said that teachers and civil servants should be ready for salary delays for at least three years, a statement that might demoralize millions of government workers.
The statement by Musalia Mudavadi comes barely a week after Treasury CS Njuguna Ndung’u said that teachers and civil servants will be paid in phases starting the end of this month.
Similar sentiments of salary delays being the order of the day going forward were shared by David Ndii, an economic advisor in President William Ruto’s government.
Already teachers under KUPPET have vowed to disrupt learning across the country if their salaries will delay even for a single day. But the government seems to be telling them, “Bring it on!”
As the statements from government officials continue to flow from all corners of their mouths, more than half of the teachers who were employed to teach at Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) have not received their salaries for at least four months.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO Nancy Macharia had indicated that most of them would have received their salaries by the end of the month of May but as things seem, the month will melt without any one of them seeing a coin.
During the rollout of Junior Secondary Schools, the teachers’ employee has already employed at least 36,000 teachers, 20,900 of them have been confirmed on a permanent basis.
As the same goes on, another crisis in the counties is boiling. Governors are threatening to shut down county operations due to a lack of funds. County workers haven’t received a salary in six months.