Kenyan president increases country’s minimum wage by 12% | Russia-Ukraine war News

Throughout East Africa, costs of sure commodities are rising partly due to the continuing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has introduced a direct improve within the nation’s minimal wage by 12 p.c to assist employees deal with a surge in shopper costs, pushed partly by the battle in Ukraine.

“There’s a compelling case to assessment the minimal wage in order to cushion our employees in opposition to additional erosion of their buying energy,” an announcement issued on Sunday by the president’s workplace quoted him as saying at Labour Day celebrations within the capital, Nairobi.

The rise, he mentioned, was obligatory as a result of the minimal wage had not been reviewed in three years and the price of residing has elevated.

Kenya’s present minimal wage is 13,500 Kenyan shillings ($116.68) per thirty days.

As in different nations throughout the area, Kenyans are grappling with a surge in costs of commodities, together with cooking oil and gasoline, aggravated by provide considerations following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that started on February 24.

Inflation within the East African nation rose to six.47 p.c year-on-year final month from 5.56 p.c in March, the statistics workplace mentioned.

Final month, the nation suffered shortages of gasoline, with visitors in some components of Nairobi coming to a standstill as motorists joined lengthy queues exterior petrol stations.

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