Gachagua: My first salary was Sh3,230
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has revealed what he earned as his first salary as a public servant when he joined the sector in February 1989.
Speaking on Friday while making his address at KICC during the launch of the value and principles compliance report 2021-2022 by the Public Service Commission, an event that was presided by President William Ruto.
The DP said his journey to his current leadership position started way back at the Public Service Commission.
“I joined the public service on January 16th, 1989 as a District Officer Cadet at a salary of Sh3,230… this is a good beginning, seize the opportunity and learn, and one day, you will be somebody in this country, it is possible,” Gachagua said.
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He encouraged the 3,902 interns who have been indicted into public service to take up their roles seriously, which might equally land them in lucrative positions, such as his current position where he is earning better.
“Public service is an institution of opportunities and learning…you don’t have to look from far, a little fellow who was an assistant secretary cadet earning ShSh3, 230 per month, today is Deputy President of Kenya.”
According to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) improved package that was released last year towards the election, the President’s earning saw an increment of Sh227, 560, while the Deputy President’s earning was boosted by Sh190, 875.
This means the current President earns Sh1, 443,750 per month as his deputy, Mr Gachagua receives Sh1, 227,188.
SRC also stated that Cabinet Secretaries, Attorney General and Secretary to the Cabinet will be earning Sh924, 00 as the Members of County Assemblies (MCA) earns Sh144, 375.
The DP also served as Mathira Constituency Member of Parliament for one term being picked by the President during the campaigns as his running mate under the Kenya Kwanza Alliance.
He also served as the District Officer under the old Constitution during the regime of former President Moi.