Teachers To Enjoy July 2023 Salary Increment. Teachers’ July wages may now be paid by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) without the 1.5% housing fund deduction that was mandated under the 2023 Finance Act.
This is in response to the Court of Appeal’s decision yesterday to not overturn an injunction suspending the law. In an effort to enforce the disputed Finance Act, the Treasury had gone before the Court of Appeal.
The plea by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Njuguna Ndung’u, who claimed that the Act’s suspension was impairing government operations, will be decided on by the three-judge panel on July 28.
Prof Ndung’u moved to the appellate through Attorney-General Justin Muturi arguing that the government stood to lose approximately Sh211 billion in the current financial year, which would make it difficult for the Kenya Kwanza administration to implement the 2023/24 budget as planned.
He further said some of the governments projects have had to be suspended.
“The Government of Kenya has to borrow to bridge the gap in order to operate. As there are no saving provisions in the Finance Act, 2023, the repealed provisions of the Finance Act 2022 has the effect of affecting revenue collection leading to service disruptions for already budgeted revenue,” Prof Ndung’u said in an affidavit.
High Court Judge Mugure Thande stopped the Treasury from implementing the Act on June 30, after ruling that Kenyans might be subjected to unlawful taxes, in case the petitions challenging the Act are successful.
The judge on July 10 declined to lift the suspension and directed the file to be forwarded to Chief Justice Martha Koome for appointment of a bench to determine the petitions challenging the Act.
Justice Koome has already picked High Court judges David Majanja, Christine Meoli and Lawrence Mugambi to determine the cases.
Arguing before Justices Mohamed Warsame, Kathurima M’Inoti and Hellen Omondi, former Attorney General Githu Muigai, who is leading a team picked by Mr Muturi, submitted that the suspension will make the government incapable of meeting its financial commitments and discharging its executive authority.
Teachers are set to get their July salaries with an increment of 7% of their basic salaries. TSC closed yesterday after the Court issued its ruling.
The National Treasury released a total of sh. 9.1 billion to TSC to be used to implement the July payrise plan for over 350,000 teachers and secretariat staff on pnp payroll.
President William Ruto stated that the 7% to 10% pay increase for teachers and civil personnel is intended to protect public employees from the difficult economic conditions.
Teachers To Enjoy July 2023 Salary Increment
“I am aware that the SRC has proposed raising the pay for many cadres of public employees, including government officials. Therefore, we have decided that from tomorrow, the pay of our teachers, police officers, military personnel, and government employees will be increased by 7 to 10%, stated Ruto at the KICC launch of the new e-citizen platform.