- The Kakamega based football club, Homeboyz will have to pay its players half of the salaries every month. The club’s pay-cut plans will start from next month until the coronavirus pandemic is in control.
Cleophas Shimanyula who is the chairman of the Homeboyz confirmed that the club has decided to review their program as the coronavirus pandemic has put many sports activities on hold.
Shimanyula also said that the entire management and the players agreed to the pay-cut plans made. However, the players will receive full salary for March.
“We will pay their March salaries in full but from next month, they will be receiving half of it. It was a tough decision to make considering that they are not benefiting from the allowances we give them while on duty. They are inactive at the moment and it a decision we arrived at after having a word with them. The pandemic has wreaked havoc not only to players but to businesses but we remain optimistic that the dust will settle soon. Once normalcy returns, they will continue earning their full salaries,” he said.
As the players seem to be the individuals who are hardly hit by the pay-cut, the staff of the club will be earning full salaries. However, Shimanyula said that they will not be spared if the situation persists to a lockdown.
“Our support staff, who report to work daily, will still earn their salaries in full. We have more than 700 staff operating our matatu business and will not be affected by the pay cut unless we head to a total lockdown,” added Shimanyula.
The storm of pay cuts for players started in Spain when Barcelona announced a pay cut to their players. However, it sounded well in Kenya when President Uhuru Kenyatta announced an 80% cut of his salary and that of the Deputy President. Now the pay-cut in the KPL teams.