Generally, in Africa, the salary of heads of state does not take into account weither the financial situation of the country or the living conditions of the population is on the standard level or not.
If some presidents, once in power unilaterally decide to increase their salary, there are some who, upon taking office, announce and reduce their salary. Below we have 5 presidents who decided to reduce their monthly salary in order to help their country financially.
1. Liberia: Georges Weah
A week after his inauguration, the former international footballer Liberian in his first “State of the Nation Address” said: “I announce to you today, with immediate effect, that I will reduce my salary and my bonuses. 25%,” urging parliamentarians to follow this example to help the country cope with the economic difficulties it faces. So he adds, “Our economy is broken; our government is broke. Our currency is in free fall; inflation increases,” and then adds: “Unemployment is at an unprecedented level and our foreign exchange reserves are at their lowest.” Today the latter receives a salary of 75,000 euros instead of 100,000.
2. Tanzania: John Magufuli
Since coming to power, John Magufuli has continued to make reforms in the public sector for the sole purpose of enabling the good life of its people. Having not only reduced the salary of all civil servants, he has been able to set an example by reducing by four times less than his predecessor, his salary as President of the Republic. “My salary is nine million Tanzanian shillings (about $ 4,000). I have not increased my salary and I will not increase it because my obligation is to serve Tanzanians first. Citizens are tired of stealing money,” he said. In order to cope with state spending last year, Tanzania implemented a reform that reduced the salaries of civil servants. To set an example, Head of State John Magufuli had announced that he had reduced his monthly salary to $ 4,000 a month, four times less than his predecessor, to try to cope with the crisis.
3. Nigeria: Muhammadu Buhari
Nigeria has been able to retain its place as Africa’s leading economic power, but partly because of the efforts and sacrifices of its current president. When it came to power in 2015, Nigeria was in economic crisis because of the fall in world oil prices, its economic base. To push his country out of crisis, Buhari decided to reduce by 50% his salary and that of his vice president.
4. Egypt: Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
The decision of the Egyptian master comes in 2014 after the economy of his country is facing many difficulties. Abdel to give a hand to the economy of his country did not hesitate to sacrifice half of his salary and his goods. “There must be real sacrifices on the part of every Egyptian man and woman. I take the maximum salary of 42,000 Egyptian pounds ($ 5,200 per month) and no one will take the maximum” a- he suggested, adding, “I’m going to do two things: I will not take half of this sum and my property, even what I inherited from my father, I will give up half for the sake of our country.”
5. Kenya: Uhuru Kenyatta
Putting the needs of the population first, Kenyan had reduced by 10% the salary of his vice president then 20% his own salary. “We have to face this monster if we want to develop this nation. Otherwise, sooner or later, we will become a country that will only collect taxes to pay for itself,” he said.