Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday announced a countrywide curfew from 7 pm to 5 am starting Friday in response to the Covid-19 crisis.
Kenyatta also announced that Kenya had recorded three more new cases bringing the numbers of confirmed Covid-19 cases to 28, becoming the second-highest after Rwanda’s 40 cases.
More measures are put in place in Kenya as efforts to curb the widespread of the cases. He announced the reduction of his own salary and that of his Deputy by 80 per cent. “In sharing the burden occasioned by the present world crisis and commencing immediately, my administration has offered a voluntary reduction in the salaries of the senior ranks of the National Executive,” he said.
Cabinet Secretaries will take a pay cut of 30 per cent, Chief Administrative Secretaries 30 per cent, while Principal Secretaries will go home with less 20 per cent less of their income.
According to the president’s directives, the treasury has to undertake the immediate reduction of VAT from 16 per cent, with effect from April 1. He also announced 100 per cent tax relief for people earning a gross monthly income of up to Ksh24,000 (Sh550,000) plus a reduction of the income tax rate (Pay As You Earn) from 30 per cent to 25 per cent.