CS left out by Kenyatta might not get retirement benefits

CS left out by Kenyatta might not get retirement benefits

Cabinet secretaries who will not be retained by president uhuru Kenyatta in his second term in office may not enjoy retirement benefits if at all the amendment to the pensions law passes through parliament. The amendment to be introduced in parliament seeks to increase the number of years a state officer must serve for him or her to qualify for pension from five to ten years.

The fate for most cabinet secretaries to be absorbed back by the Jubilee government is until now hanging in balance as President Kenyatta finalizes his second term in office.

This week will be a tense, make-or-break in which many burning issues are expected to be resolved or left festering by President Kenyatta as he tries to fix his new cabinet.

 

Most Cabinet Cs have expressed confidence of working in the second Jubilee administration.

Uhuru is expected to nominate his Cabinet Secretaries this week but cannot do so unless Parliament has constituted the Appointments Committee to vet them.

 

It is evident that some of the Cs might be locked in the second term of Kenyatta.

Already some leaders have begun lobbying Kenyatta to retain specific Cabinet secretaries.

However what will be the fate of those CS that will be left out by Jubilee government?

Sources indicate that such CS might also face another blow if the bill seeking to determine their pension goes through in Parliament.

The amendment will increase the number of years a State officer must serve to be eligible for pension from five to 10 years.

In a public notice released yesterday, the National Assembly invited Kenyans to give their input to the proposal contained in the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No 3) Bill 2017.

The public has until Friday, December 8 to submit their views to the National Assembly. At the moment, 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 retirement age of 60 years.

The President has already asked CSs and PSs to prepare detailed handover notes, including the financial status of their dockets.

The President, sworn in for a second term last Tuesday, aims to build his own legacy, focus on specific sectors and plug holes in those marred by controversy, massive corruption and unsatisfactory delivery.

Uhuru hopes to spur development momentum at a time international finance organizations and the National Treasury have cut their forecast on growth.