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Liberia’s President Joseph Boakai cuts salary by 40%

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Amidst the growing call for a significant cut in the cost of governance across the continent, Joseph Boakai, the President of Liberia, has declared a voluntary 40% cut to his pay.

This was revealed in a statement that was posted on the Liberian government’s website on Saturday and stated that the action was in line with Boakai’s dedication to national financial security and fiscal integrity.

This occurred a few days after a few lawmakers protested against the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning for failing to provide them with the funds for their tricycles, or “Keke,” by riding them to the parliament.

According to Boakai, the declaration demonstrates his resolve to set an example for improving public accountability and displaying citizen solidarity.

The statement partly read, “In fulfilment of his commitment to fiscal integrity and national financial security, President Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Sr.. has announced a voluntary 40% reduction in his salary.

“According to the President, the announcement reflects his determination to lead by example in strengthening government accountability and demonstrating solidarity with the people of the nation.

“The Liberian leader said the move is aimed at setting a precedent for responsible governance and nation-building.”

Furthermore, Boakai “has pledged to empower the Civil Service Agency (CSA) to ensure that workers receive fair compensation for their contributions to the country and that public servants’ salaries are in line with the current state of the nation.”

Boakai formally introduced the Employee Status Regularization Programme earlier on Thursday to improve payroll and employment transparency and accountability within the government. The initiative is a critical step in building a civil service that is more effective, responsible, and transparent.

According to a statement from the president of Liberia, the recently established ESRP entails a thorough staff headcount as well as a physical verification operation to find and eliminate unfit individuals and ghost identities from the government’s payroll.

Along with raising the pay of lawful civil personnel, the program aims to give competent professionals more chances to provide effective and efficient services. Boakai is currently in Nigeria for the 63rd Ordinary Session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the ECOWAS. Boakai succeeded previous President George Weah.

In a similar move, Kenyan President William Ruto on Friday suggested borrowing more money in approximately equal amounts and cutting spending to close a nearly $2.7 billion budget deficit left by his decision to back out of planned tax increases in the face of widespread opposition.

In reaction to widespread, youth-led protests that have precipitated the largest crisis of Ruto’s two-year government, the financial law including the tax increases was withdrawn by the president.

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Kenya’s Ruto sacks cabinet amidst protests in major win for protesters

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In response to pressure from widespread protests that have produced the greatest crisis of his two-year government, Kenyan President William Ruto dismissed his entire cabinet on Thursday, with the exception of the foreign minister.

After beginning peacefully, the youth-led demonstrations against the proposed tax increases descended into violence, resulting in at least 39 deaths during altercations with the police last month. A few protestors briefly invaded the parliament before Ruto decided against the new levies.

“I will immediately engage in extensive consultations across different sectors and political formations and other Kenyans, both in public and private, with the aim of setting up a broad-based government,” Ruto said in a televised address to the nation, adding that he would announce additional measures later.

In addition, he fired the attorney general but claimed that this had no bearing on the deputy president’s position.

Kenyans had been requesting significant cabinet changes, seasoned anti-corruption activist John Githongo told Reuters.

“Let us see what happens now if the new ministers deal with big issues around corruption and just the arrogance and excess of his administration and the fact that a lot of Kenyans died during the demonstrations,” he said.

“Hopefully this should temporarily calm things.”

Ruto finds himself torn between a beleaguered populace reeling from the rising expense of living and lenders like the International Monetary Fund (IMF) pressuring him to reduce deficits. He suggested borrowing more money and cutting spending in approximately equal proportions last week to close the nearly $2.7 billion budget deficit left by the removal of the tax rises.

Although the government has no outstanding debt, many claim that Kenya is likely to miss its IMF targets as a result of the tax rollback. For the fiscal year that began on July 1, the estimated budget deficit is currently 4.6% of GDP.

Dismissing so many cabinet members, according to Ojango Omondi, a community organizer from the Social Justice Centers Working Group in Nairobi, was a “move towards justice,” but activists would want to see who Ruto chooses to replace them.

“It’s one thing to dismiss, the second is to ensure that the people that will be chosen in the cabinet are accountable to the constitution and the rule of law,” Omondi said.

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South Sudan’s president dismisses 6th finance minister since 2020

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Four months into the position, South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir, has fired the finance minister, the sixth person to hold the position since 2020, according to state-run television.

The report stated late on Wednesday that Kiir did not explain the dismissal of Awow Daniel Chuong, who was appointed in mid-March of this year. Economist Marial Deng has been selected to take over as finance minister in Kiir’s place.

Due to intercommunal violence, South Sudan’s economy has been under strain recently. Since the civil war that lasted from 2013 to 2018, revenue from crude oil exports has decreased, and more recently, export disruptions have occurred because of the conflict in neighbouring Sudan.

The governor of the central bank, James Alic Garang, declared in May that the foreign exchange reserves of South Sudan had reached all-time lows.

This year, the International Monetary Fund predicts that consumer price inflation will soar to 54.8%.

After South Sudan separated from Sudan in 2011, Kiir was elected as the country’s first president.

In December, the nation is scheduled to elect a president, members of the legislature, and regional delegates.

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