Nairobi, March 27 -- Civil servants who have been paying as low as Sh30,000 monthly in rent for three-bedroomed houses located in prime locations will dig deeper into their pockets if the Treasury approves proposals to triple the amount.

Housing Principal Secretary Charles Hinga told Parliament that he has written to the Treasury seeking approval to review the rent for the 56,892 civil servants houses that has remained unchanged for the past 23 years.

The review will also see rent payable for low cadre civil servants increased upwards from the current Sh1,000 per month.

"Rent for civil servants averages Sh2,200 but there are those who pay as low as Sh1,000 a month for a single room in Mbotela Estate on Jogoo Road to the super scale pub...