Tough road ahead as sacked CSs to lose pension benefits

Years of service for one to qualify to be raised from 5 to 10

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and part of his Cabinet Secretaries. PHOTO: THE STAR

Cabinet Secretaries who serve for only one term may not enjoy retirement benefits if proposed changes to the pensions law is passed by Parliament.

The amendment will increase the number of years a State officer must serve to be eligible for pension from five to ten years.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto chair the first cabinet meeting at State House, Nairobi in 2013. Uhuru is chairing a Cabinet retreat in Naivasha with the main agenda being the budget. PHOTO: NMG

Once passed, the amendment will not only affect State officers but also other civil servants who have been employed on permanent and pensionable terms but fail to remain on the Government payroll for ten years.

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The proposal come at a time when President Uhuru Kenyatta is preparing to name his new Cabinet, which will reportedly see half of the CSs getting the boot.

In a public notice released on Monday, December 4, the National Assembly invited Kenyans to make contributions on the proposal contained in the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No 3) Bill 2017.

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Currently, State officers are required to work for a minimum of five years before they are entitled to retirement benefits, which are then payable after reaching the mandatory retirement age of 60 years.

“Where an officer has completed five years of pensionable service, the benefits accruing to the officer under this act shall vest in that officer and shall become payable,” reads the Pensions Act.

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