The story however shifted to her lack of understanding of Kenya’s economic reality, when she said that the middle class paying house girls less than Sh50,000 a month are responsible for creating slums.
Winnie was castigated thoroughly on Twitter and rightly so.
The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics classifies anyone spending between Sh23,000 and Sh199,000 a month as middle class. Anyone above that belongs to the upper class, and less than 5% of the population are in that category. Spend Sh500,000 and above and you are probably in the 1%.
Every country is different on their middle class income. According to estimates, the average middle class household in the US makes about Sh10 million a year. That translates to less than Sh1 million a month. A household generally has 2 working persons, so the average salary for a person considered to be in the middle class in the US is between Sh400,000 and Sh500,000 a month.
Winnie Odinga was probably using the US estimates when telling us to pay our house girls Sh50,000 a month.
But perhaps she should have addressed the upper class.
Or maybe we need to re-define the middle class here in Kenya.
What do you think?