Kenyatta cuts salaries as COVID19 patient recovers

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President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that one person fully recovered from COVID2019 in Kenya.

The first confirmed patient in Kenya, a 27-year-old woman, has recovered fully.

As of March 25, 2020, Kenya had 28 confirmed cases of coronavirus, Uhuru revealed Wednesday while addressing a press briefing held at State House, Nairobi.

He announced a 100% tax relief for all Kenyans earning below Ksh24,000 and a 25% tax relief for other workers.

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Uhuru further announced the reduction of the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) tax rate from 30% to 25%.

In addition, Uhuru directed the suspension of listing of individuals defaulting on loans on the Credit Reference Bureau (CRB).

Turn-over tax rate for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) was also reduced from 3% to 1% while resident income tax was reduced from 30% to 25 as well.

Uhuru announced that he and Deputy President William Ruto would take a pay cut of 80% of their salaries.

Cabinet Secretaries, Chief Administrative Secretaries and Principal Secretaries, Uhuru announced, had also agreed to take pay cuts.

Cabinet secretaries and Chief Administrative Secretaries will have their salaries slashed by 30% while Principal Secretaries will take a 20% pay cut.

The president said defeating the pandemic demands cooperation, collaboration and common action.

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