Kenya’s president has announced that he and his entire cabinet will take pay cuts as part of austerity measures to reduce his government’s rising wage bill.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Friday that he and Deputy President William Ruto will take a 20 per cent pay cut while other members of his cabinet will see their pay reduced by 10 percent with immediate effect.

Mr. Kenyatta said a new policy will restrict foreign trips to only the most essential. He said rules will be enforced to ensure waste in government will be significantly reduced.

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