Sarah Serem: She is taking no prisoners

Sarah Serem: She is taking no prisoners

Since love and fear can hardly exist together, if we must choose between them, it is far safer to be feared than loved, wrote Niccolò Machiavelli in The Prince. CAROLE KIMUTAIinterviewed a public officer who is ruffling many feathers in Government.

Sarah Jepkemoi Chumo Serem, the chairperson of Kenya’s Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) elicits love, joy, fear and hate in equal measure. Ordinary citizens love her. They see her as a brave voice speaking on behalf of tax payers. On the other hand, elected leaders see her as a permanent enemy out to curtail their demands for pay increase. They accuse her of fighting devolution, lacking etiquette and abusing constitutional powers.

Read More