Bid to Give Sh100,000 Monthly Pension to Former MPs

Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi has prepared a bill to establish a Sh100,000 monthly pension for all former MPs.

Wamunyinyi yesterday presented his views before the Budget and Appropriations Committee, which is considering the Parliamentary Pensions (Amendment) Bill.

He said a number of former MPs are languishing in poverty as they are not receiving any “living pension” like other former officers of the public service.

“The truth of the matter is that they served the country and should, therefore, be taken care of in retirement,” Wamunyinyi said.

He said some former MPs suffer because only those who serve for two consecutive terms qualify for pension under the current law.

“This implies those members who have served for one term ever since 1983 have never been given pension,” Wamunyinyi said.

An analysis of the bill prepared by the Parliamentary Budget Office shows that under the current law, only 52 former MPs out of 371 pensioners are paid above Sh100,000 per month.

If the bill is enacted, all former MPs will qualify for a minimum monthly pension of Sh100,000 though they had already received a refund of their contribution when they served and 50 per cent of what the government contributed for them, plus interest.

The Parliamentary Budget Office, however, said it is difficult to find out the excat number of MPs who have served in all the Houses since independence.