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Paid Ksh120million:Chebukati Paid a Fortune For Managing General Elections

With the swearing-in of President William Ruto behind him, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, can heave a euphoric sigh of relief. His commissioners, too, are wiping themselves after a hectic five weeks of tension within its ranks.

At least, Mr Chebukati – loved and h***d in equal measure – has earned his keep and will draw his hefty salary knowing he has delivered on his mandate in the 9th August 2022 general elections. At least every ward has an MCA, every constituency an MP, every county a governor, senator and women representative. Most importantly, the country has a new chief-executive: President William Samoei Ruto.

Managing the elections – and the boiling emotions that come with it – is no kids play. Which is understandable why Mr Chebukati and his team draw big salaries and allowances. At the end of September, they will be smiling all the way to the bank, and could afford a toast having closed the 2022 chapter on a high.

Mr Chebukati, who is set to retire in 2023, earns a monthly gross salary of Ksh924,000 which includes a salary market adjustment of Ksh169,600, according to the remuneration and benefits review for the financial year 2022/2023 by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).

Besides, he is entitled to a house allowance of Ksh200,000, a car loan of Ksh10 million, airtime worth Ksh20,000 and a mortgage of Ksh40 million. The chairperson receives the same salary and benefits as the Auditor-General, Nancy Gathungu. If you add other allowances, the IEBC chairman’s earnings grows to nearly Ksh1.5 million per month and just about Ksh20 million per year. permuting it over a six-year term would amount to Ksh120 million.

On the other hand, IEBC Vice-Chairman Juliana Cherera earns a gross salary of Ksh765,188, inclusive of a house allowance of Ksh150,000. She also receives a salary market adjustment of Ksh156,075. She is entitled to a car loan of up to Ksh6 million and a mortgage of up to Ksh30 million.

Further, she receives airtime worth Ksh15,000 per month. Other benefits that the IEBC chair and his deputy are entitled to include the provision of an official government car with an engine capacity not exceeding 3,000cc, group life insurance and personal accídent cover equivalent to three times of the annual pensionable emoluments, daily subsistence for local and foreign travels.

Others include the provision of security as directed by the Inspector-General and an annual leave allowance paid at the rate of Ksh50,000 per annum.

In terms of medical benefits, both Chebukati and Cherera are provided with an annual medical cover including their spouse and up to four children below twenty-five years. The cover comprises an inpatient cover of Ksh10 million, an outpatient cover of Ksh300,000, maternity of Ksh150,000, dental cover of Ksh75,000 and optical of Ksh75,000.

Meanwhile, the other five other commissioners – Francis Wanderi, Justus Nyang’aya, Irene Masit, Abdi Guliye and Boya Molu – get Ksh621,250 monthly salary each as well as allowances.

In addition, upon retiring, the commissioners will receive a lucrative package amounting to 30 percent of their total salary in the six-year term that they serve.

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