Top highest-paid Kenyan government officials in 2021. Kenyan legislators have been ranked the second-highest paid lawmakers in the world, beating their counterparts from the developed economies of US, Britain and Japan.
A study by the UK-based Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) shows the MPs’ basic pay, which excludes allowances, is 76 times Kenya’s GDP per capita of Sh84,624.
The politicians earn a basic salary of Sh6.39 million per year but Kenya’s per capita income is much lower than that of rich countries, translating into comparatively high pay for the MPs.
However, the 416 legislators—349 members of the National Assembly and 67 Senators—earn 54 percent less than their Nigerian counterparts, the global leaders with annual basic pay of Sh16.5 million ($189,500).
Top highest-paid Kenyan government officials in 2021
The table below summarizes top positions that pay good:
SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
SPEAKER OF THE SENATE
CHIEF OF DEFENSE CORCES
DEPUTY SPEAKER OF THE SENATE
DEPUTY SPEAKER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
DEPUTY CHIEF JUSTICE
JUDGE OF THE SUPREME COURT
The salaries indicated above are minus allowances. If traveling allowance, house allowance, and other benefits are included in the pay the president will walk home with at least Ksh3 million while his deputy will pocket more than Ksh2.5 million. Also to be included is the mileage allowance, which is paid to most of the politicians. Sitting allowance is also paid to MPs and Senators. There is also allowance for those in various parliamentary committees.