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Govt refutes 360% wage increase in State Residences

Government has refuted claims that there is a 360 percent increase in State Residences wages.

Media reports on Monday indicated that the government had increased the wage bill for the State Residences to K12 billion from K6.8 billion in the proposed budget.

However, the Minister of Information and Digitalisation, who is also the Government spokesperson, Moses Kunkuyu, on Monday said Capital Hill has only increased the wage bill by 1.75 percent.

According to Kunkuyu, the State Residences approved wage bill in the current financial year (2023/2024) was K6.466 billion which was revised to K11.7 billion during the mid-year budget review.

This revision was prompted by the 44 percent devaluation which was effected last November.

“For the 2024/2025 financial year, the proposed State Residences wage bill budget is K11.9 billion, which is a 1.75 percent increase from the 2023/2024 final budget of K11.7 billion,” he said.

Kunkuyu has since urged media houses and concerned parties to verify information with his office before releasing it to the public.

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