Top-ranking government officials in Kenya have a whole lot of responsibilities to carry on their shoulders. This offers a good reason for them to earn the most lucrative salaries in the country. That said, who do you think are the highest-paid government officials in Kenya?
Knowing the different tiers in the government body may reveal how the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) harmonizes the officials’ remuneration. This understanding also highlights the supposed wealthy government officials in Kenya.
- 1 Top 10 highest paid government officials in Kenya
- 1.1 1. H.E Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta – Ksh. 1,750,000
- 1.2 2. H.E Dr. William Samoei Ruto – Ksh. 1,487,500
- 1.3 3. Kenneth Lusaka – Ksh. 1,400,000
- 1.4 4. Philomena Mbete Mwilu – Ksh. 1,380,351
- 1.5 5. Prof. George Magoha – Ksh. 1,120,000
- 1.6 6. Robert Kariuki Kibochi – Ksh. 1,120,000
- 1.7 7. H.E Hassan Ali Joho – Ksh. 1,111,673
- 1.8 8. Hon. Justice (Rtd) P. Kihara Kariuki – Ksh. 1,095,019
- 1.9 9. Wafula W. Chebukati – Ksh. 1,082,528
- 1.10 10. Nancy Gathungu – Ksh. 1,082,528
Top 10 highest paid government officials in Kenya
Kenyan leadership positions come with attractive salaries and benefits. Below is an income disposal summary of the high-ranking public servants in the country.
1. H.E Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta – Ksh. 1,750,000
Republic of Kenya’s President, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, is the highest paid person in Kenya government. He is also among the best-paid presidents in the world.
In a year, President Kenyatta makes more than Ksh. 20 million, which is exclusive of the benefits and allowances awarded to him. If you add the perks that come alongside being President, Kenyatta’s monthly income would be around Ksh. 3 million.
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2. H.E Dr. William Samoei Ruto – Ksh. 1,487,500
Kenya’s Deputy President, Dr. William Samoei Ruto, follows President Uhuru’s salary with a close margin. With his ranking being the second in command, he is the second-highest paid government officials in Kenya.
SRC computes president Kenyatta’s and Dr .Ruto’s salaries to ensure that no other government officials earn more than they do. Together with allowances and benefits, the deputy president takes home a monthly income of Ksh. 2.5 million.
3. Kenneth Lusaka – Ksh. 1,400,000
Kenneth Makelo Lusaka, the National Assembly Speaker, is third in line among people who have the best paying government job in Kenya. With his role being upholding the rights and privileges of House members, he is indeed well-compensated. Previously, Lusaka was Bungoma’s first senator, a position that equally earned him an impressive salary.
4. Philomena Mbete Mwilu – Ksh. 1,380,351
Considered to be one of the Kenyan government’s critical arms, the Chief Justice of Kenya takes home a huge monthly salary. Judge Philomena Mwilu is the acting Chief Justice of Kenya. She currently holds office for David Maraga’s successor following his retirement in January 2021.
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5. Prof. George Magoha – Ksh. 1,120,000
Education CS Prof. George Magoha and other Kenyan cabinet secretaries earn the highest government salary. They are mandated to oversee the undertakings of their specific arms with the utmost integrity. Prof. Magoha is an academician with experience in human health spanning over two decades. He serves as the education CS since 2019.
6. Robert Kariuki Kibochi – Ksh. 1,120,000
Robert Kibochi is the Chief of Kenya Defense Forces. He is the highest-ranking military officer and the principal military adviser to the President and National Security Council. Kibochi has served the honourable seat since 11th May 2020.
7. H.E Hassan Ali Joho – Ksh. 1,111,673
County governors make up for the highest salaries of government officials under SRC. H.E Ali Hassan Joho is Mombasa County’s governor. Joho is the first governor of County 001 and is serving his second and final term. He is one of the most prominent governors in Kenya, being a philanthropist and business strategist advisor.
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8. Hon. Justice (Rtd) P. Kihara Kariuki – Ksh. 1,095,019
The Kenyan Attorney General (AG) is the highest paid civil servant in Kenya. Justice (Rtd) Kihara was sworn in in 2018 April as the 7th AG. He has extensive experience in legal matters, having served as the President of the Court of Appeal, Director of the Judiciary Training Institute, High Court Judge, and Kenya School of Law CEO.
9. Wafula W. Chebukati – Ksh. 1,082,528
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Chairman Wafula Wanyonyi Chebukati forms the list of the highest paid government officials in Kenya. With a vital role in overseeing free and fair elections, his task at IEBC is quite substantial. Chebukati is also in charge of voter education, training, and announcing electoral results of various campaign seats.
10. Nancy Gathungu – Ksh. 1,082,528
Kenya’s Auditor General, Ms. Nancy Gathungu, is among the wealthiest government officials. She was nominated for the role by President Kenyatta on 18th July 2020.
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Nancy is an IT expert, staff developer, quality assurance, and international liaison. With such an extensive resume, the auditor general’s salary is entirely worth her deliverables.
There have been frequent public outcries from the common mwananchi regarding some of the expenditures of government officials. However, most of these government representatives have taken pay cuts since March 2020 due to hard economic times resulting from the Covid 19 pandemic.
The top 10 highest paid government officials list is minus allowances. Other benefits such as mileage, sitting allowance for MPs, and public servants’ entertainment, mean their incomes are much higher.
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