Kenya successfully held its second presidential debate on Monday ,in which all the eight candidates participated.The debate focused on land and natural resources, Integrity and maters of the economy.In this the issue of the minimum wage and freezing salaries of high income earners was raised and Presidential candidate ,Raila Odinga who is the current Prime Minister offered to surrender half of his salary if elected Kenya President to bridge the income gap.
“We need to have a dialogue with unions, employers and government talking about this so that we know what the cost of living in the country is today and what it should be. That is what should determine what should be the living wage.
“The cost of living is not static. The cost of living keeps on changing. For example, if the price of oil goes up the cost of transport will go up. Matatu used to cost 30 shillings for a ride into town now it costs 50 shillings. A packet of milk was 25 shillings now it is 45.
“So we will want to have a dialogue so that we can agree on what is really a living wage for the worker in the country.”
On the issue of freezing the salaries of the highest earners in Kenya Raila Odinga said he would “lead by example” and halve the salary of the President if he wins the election on 4th March.
The second presidential debate was moderated by TV personalities Joe Ageyo and Uduak Amimo .