Chief Administrative Secretaries (CASs) who President William Ruto appoints will receive a gross salary of Ksh.780,000. 

This is according to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) recommendation to the Public Service Commission. 

According to the SRC's evaluation, a CAS's salary will be capped at Ksh.780,000, slightly higher than the Ksh.710,000 an MP receives monthly.

The salary consists of Ksh. 459,113 in basic pay, Ksh. One hundred sixty-five thousand in house allowance, and Ksh. 155,887 in salary market adjustment.

According to a letter signed by SRC Chair Lyn Mengich and copied to Head of Public Service Felix Koskei, National Treasury Principal Secretary Chris Kiptoo, Public Service PS Amos Gathecha, and Auditor General Nancy Gathungu, a CAS will also be entitled to official transportation, including an official GK car with an engine capacity of no more than 3000cc.

"SRC has determined the monetary worth of the job of a CAS at Grade F1 and would like to advice on the attendant remuneration and benefits structure," Ms. Mengich said in the letter dated March 14.

"The monthly remuneration advised herein is fixed for the term of office of the CAS unless reviewed and advised by SRC. For the purposes of gratuity and pension, the pensionable emolument shall be based on the monthly basic salary."

The remuneration includes an attractive annual medical cover for Ksh.10 million inpatient, Ksh.300,000 for outpatient, Ksh.150,000 for maternity, Ksh.75,000 for dental, and Ksh.75,000 for optical care.

The medical benefit will be extended to one spouse and up to four children under 25, entirely dependent on the CAS. 

This comes after the National Assembly passed a bill legalizing the appointment of CASs last week amidst a national debate over massive pending government bills. 

Previously, the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee limited the number of CASs to 22, but this was changed to give the president complete control over the number of CASs appointed.