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Friday September 11, 2020 – President Uhuru Kenyatta redeemed himself yesterday from the negative publicity over his worsening relationship with his Deputy, William Ruto, after he rejected the Parliamentary Pensions (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
The Bill, which was tabled by Suba South MP, John Mbadi, sought to see more than 375 lawmakers who retired between 1984 and 2001 receive a monthly pension of Ksh100,000 for life.
Speaker Justine Muturi notified legislators that the President had rejected the Bill and sent it back for reconsideration.
“In his memorandum, the President has expressed reservations on clause (2) of the Bill, that sought to amend- to provide for an entitlement for former Members of Parliament who served between 1st July 1984 – 1st January 2001, to a monthly pension of Ksh100,000,” Muturi announced.
The President also noted that the MPs’ pensions under the Act was calculated according to the contributions paid into the scheme during their parliamentary term.
He observed 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.
While pushing for the motion, Mbadi and his colleague, Junet Mohammed, had urged the President to assent to the Bill which they say is timely and will alleviate the challenges faced by their former colleagues.
Junet argued that some former lawmakers are paid as low as Ksh2,000 which barely caters for their basic needs.
However, Garissa Township MP, Aden Duale, urged the House to exercise caution, going on to share his fear that the enactment of the amendment could potentially open the doors for other sectors of the civil service to demand for a review of their pension schemes as well.
The Kenyan DAILY POST