Kenyatta Raises Minimum Wage by 12%

Uhuru meeting opposition leader, Raila Odinga at Uhuru Park on Friday

United Arab Emirates based Etihad Airways on Friday afternoon launched its first flight from Entebbe to the capital Abu Dhabi at a function held at Entebbe international airport.

The inaugural flight EY645 that departed Abu Dhabi to Entebbe on Friday touched Entebbe at 1:02pm and on board included the Ugandan ambassador to UAE Irene Wekiya and the Etihad Vice President in charge of global sales Daniel Barranger.

Addressing journalists shortly after arrival, this web Barranger said the flight would serve a purpose of connecting Uganda to markets in other parts of the country which he said would benefit the economy in form of exports.

“Uganda being one of the fastest growing countries in the region, this will serve  to increase on the number of tourists coming in to view what the country has to offer which will directly lead to development,” Barranger noted.

He added that Uganda’s earnings from exports to the UAE have over the years increased from $85M in 2009 to $176M in 2012 which he said was a good trend.

Uganda’s ambassador to the UAE Irene Wekiya noted that the new flight was a bigger step in strengthening the relationship between the two countries.

Wekiya however expressed concern over what he described as laziness exhibited by Ugandans in as far as tapping into the UAE market is concerned stressing that a lot needs to be done in a bid to penetrate into the market.

“UAE is a gate way to the world because of the presence of many nationalities but Ugandans have failed to utilise this opportunity. An example is  a global village market that takes place from November to December but because of laziness, Ugandans  have never  exhibited in the market yet there are no charges required,” Wekiya noted.

According to the Ugandan ambassador, the 5 month global village market is a big opportunity for Ugandans to showcase what they have to offer to the world but has not been utilised well.

The new flight operated by a 2 class Airbus A320 aircraft with a capacity of 136 passengers will travel to Abu Dhabi 4 times a week according to officials from the UAE based airline.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta have held talks with former United States President Bill Clinton at State House, discount Nairobi.

They discussed President Clinton’s projects in Kenya, unhealthy which centred on agriculture and promoting small enterprises, while conserving the environment.

President Kenyatta and President Clinton also on Saturday discussed the Clinton Education Initiative, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI).

Some of the Clinton Health Access Initiative’s achievements in Kenya include the rolling out of the network for HIV viral load testing.

Kenya now has the highest number of viral load tests run in sub-Saharan Africa outside South Africa, with 150,000 patients tested at KEMRI in the first quarter of 2015.

The Clinton Climate Initiative, on the other hand, has helped in the rehabilitation of the Mau Forest Complex. The Initiative organised local residents into a Community Forest Association that planted 130,000 trees and established 45 tree nurseries.

President Clinton, at the request of President Kenyatta, said he will initiate a pilot project for small scale farmers on environmental conservation.

He said he looked forward to the project reaching 20,000 farmers in 18 months to two years. President Clinton’s love for Africa has seen him scaling up his projects in Kenya.

He commended President Kenyatta for his visionary and democratic leadership.   President Clinton was accompanied by his daughter Chelsea, who briefed President Kenyatta and the First Lady on her visit to Mbagathi District Hospital in Nairobi where she chatted with nurses about access to primary healthcare.

Chelsea praised the First Lady on the achievements of the ‘Beyond Zero’ campaign, saying the Clinton Foundation is proud to be associated with the First Lady’s program because it is important that “no mother dies while giving life”.

President Kenyatta welcomed the former US President to Kenya and thanked him for his dedication to improving the lives of Kenyans, especially in health and education which are among the Jubilee Government’s key areas of focus.

“We welcome you to Kenya. We would like to partner with you in helping to improving the lives of Kenyans,” President Kenyatta said.

The meeting was also attended by Cabinet Secretaries Dr Amina Mohamed (Foreign Affairs and International Trade), Anne Waiguru (Devolution and Planning), Prof Judy Wakhungu (Environment, Water and Natural Resources), Joseph Nkaissery (Interior), Prof Jacob Kaimenyi (Education), Adan Mohamed (Industrialisation and Enterprise Development) and Henry Rotich (National Treasury).
President Uhuru Kenyatta has raised the minimum wage by 12 percent, sick Chimp Corps report.

Announcing the pay increment when he presided over this year’s International Labour Day celebrations at Uhuru Park on Friday, buy the President said the raise is aimed at alleviating the plight of the lower strata of the Kenyan workforce.

“Last year we did not increase the minimum wage because we said we should work first. Today, cost we have increased the minimum wage because we have earned it,” the President said.

He assured that the Government is also working to enforce parity and equity in the terms, conditions of salaries of public servants.

As the Government moves to improve the welfare of the Kenyan worker, President Kenyatta said the clamour for increased pay should not only be pegged on the cost of living but also on the level of productivity of the worker.

He appealed to workers both in public and private sectors to double their productivity to boost economic growth and justify future pay increments.

“It is important to understand that all our efforts are required to build and improve our country’s economy. The investor needs to understand that he cannot make profits without the worker. And that the worker cannot get salary without an employer,” said the President.

The President called on all Kenyans to join hands in building a strong and prosperous nation.

He urged leaders to focus on serving Kenyans and shun utterances that divide the country. “Let us not criticise for the sake of doing so. Let us be on the path of doing, let us try to make our country much better,” said the President.

On security, President Kenyatta said the Government is determined to make the country safe and is providing modern equipment to the security agencies and improving on their welfare.

He said Kenyans should also play their part by being vigilant, saying the country can only be safer if citizens work closely with the Government in security matters.

“Terrorist and criminals live amongst us, they know no tribe or religion. It is upon each one of us to know who our neighbours are and report those with ill motives. We should not politicise security issues,” the President said.

The Head of State affirmed that he will continue leading war against corruption, saying this is one of the ways of improving the country’s economy.

The occasion, which also marked the 50th anniversary of the Central Organisation of Trade Union (COTU), was also addressed by Acting Labour Cabinet Secretary Amb. Raychelle Omamo. The CS asked the labour movement to maintain an atmosphere of tranquility which will accelerate economic and social development.

“Social dialogue denotes open and respectful discourse between the key protagonists in the labour sector; the workers, their employers and Government,” she said.

COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli and KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion said they supported the President’s efforts in the war against graft and urged him not to relent.

“Your efforts to fight corruption in this country have been noted strongly by all of us in the labour movement. We have resolved to stand by you to the bitter end. We will team up and support you in every step you take to salvage this country from corruption,” said Mr Sossion.

Other speakers included Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Kidero and the Federation of Kenya Employers Executive Director Jacquiline Mugo.


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