President Uhuru Kenyatta today announced a 12 % minimum wage for Kenyan workers. The announcement was made at the Nyayo National Stadium during Labour day celebrations where he was the Chief Guest.
Thousands of workers gathered at the Nyayo stadium as is usually the tradition on May 1st every year in an event presided over by the Central Organisation of Trade Unions and the Ministry of Labour.
The President said Kenyan workers have gone through several challenges and that the increase was meant to cushion them from the high cost of living occasioned by covid 19 and other factors.
“Our workers are the backbone of our economy and our way of life. Throughout the Covid-19 disruptions that began in the year 2020, our workers have kept the Kenyan flame burning bright. For that, we will remain forever grateful and indebted to them,” said the President.
Leaders present at the celebrations included COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli, Nairobi Governor Anne Kananu, Labour CS Simon Chelugui, Nominated MP Maina Kamanda, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna amongst others.
The President used the occasion to take a swipe at his Deputy President for politicising the rising cost of living instead of helping him find solutions for Kenya’s problems.