Former Members of Parliament who served between 1983-2001 are set to receive a monthly pension of Ksh 100,000 (taxable) after parliament Wednesday voted to amend the Parliamentary Retirement Benefits law.
The Parliamentary Pensions (Amendment) Bill, 2019 which now awaits a Presidential assent seeks to impose a minimum pension for lawmakers who served during the period.
The amendments proposed by Minority Leader Hon. John Mbadi seek to cushion former MPs who he says have been earning peanuts as pension.
While defending his Bill on the floor of the House, Mbadi said the payments won’t cost Kenyans much especially after they removed a clause that required the payments to be backdated to 2010.
Former Majority Leader Aden Duale, however, warned the Bill could cause victimization of parliament, saying they are already not in good books with the public. He also warned other civil servants could start a clamour for increase of their pensions after the MPs passed the Bill.
For the over hundred former lawmakers however, the passage of the bill presents new dawn having lobbied for years to have their pension revised upwards from the current 6,000 shillings.