Friday September 25, 2020 – The National Assembly failed to raise the requisite numbers to veto President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reservations to the Parliamentary Pensions (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that would have gifted retired MPs a hefty lifetime pension. 

Legislators were compelled to pass the bill without further changes.

At least a two-thirds majority or 233 of the 349 MPs in the National Assembly are required to veto a Presidential memorandum but the MPs could not meet the numbers.

“The way we have treated this former Members of Parliament and they have been coming to my office even today is discriminatory because Akiwumi report recommended for enhancement of salaries of the sitting Members of Parliament then and that was implemented.”

“They recommended that those MPs who served up to 1984 be given Ksh1 million each, they were given and they also recommended that those who served between 1984 and 2001, get enhanced pension so they did not benefit from the Ksh1 million that the others benefitted from. Now you are saying that they should get zero,” Mbadi argued.

While rejecting the bill on September 10th, the President noted that the MPs’ pension under the Act was to be calculated according to the contributions paid into the scheme during their parliamentary term.

He added that the Bill overlooked the mandate of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) under the Constitution, which comprises of setting and review of remuneration and benefits for all State officers, who include Members of Parliament.

However, the Finance and National Planning Committee had argued that when inflation was considered, it will be difficult for MPs to survive on the aforementioned pension figures.


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