Councillors Demand More Money for Pension
Written by Dave Opiyo on October 29, 2021
Former Councilors in the Nyanza region have rejected the offer by the National Government to pay them a retirement package of Sh. 2.6 billion translating to between Sh. 600,000 to Sh. 200,000 for each former councilor.
Joseph Ogut, chairman Nyanza forum for councilors says the offer by the government is a drop in the ocean as they demanded for the Sh. 1.5 million per councilor they had flouted to the government.
Speaking to the press on Thursday in Katito centre, a town in Kisumu County where over 30 former councilors converged, Ogut says they will not tire in reminding the government why they need a monthly pension.
Nyagilo Obat, a former councilor from Homa Bay says they were shocked to learn that what they were demanding was degraded down.
Nyagilo says it is high time the government appreciates the work they did before devolution, noting that they are living in abject poverty.
Councilor Agnes Nyagol from Kisumu East appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and help former councilors receive what is commensurate with the work they did in the past.
James Kute, a former councilor for Kabonyo Kanyagwal further questioned why the payments are pegged on the next financial year yet the current MCAs were paid Sh. 2 million each for car grants in the middle of a budget.