When Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari recently announced that he and his deputy would take a pay cut, it was not entirely surprising for a man known for his austerity, and who faces a challenge cutting back the excess in the country’s finances.
But President Buhari is not the first African leader to announce a pay-cut. In fact, it is a popular recourse for others trying to shore up their popularity, or facing tough economic times.
In Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto last year announced a voluntary 20 per cent salary cut and invited other top government officials to follow suit. A few did, reluctantly.
In Tunisia, former President Moncef Marzouki, then facing an economic crisis in the post-revolution period, announced a two-thirds pay cut, slicing his annual pay from around $176,868 to ‘just’ $58,956.
The Africa Review has compiled and analysed salaries of African leaders to try and see what they tell about the relationship between those in power and the governed.
The data is the best obtainable version that could be found, either through the correspondents, or online.