Raila, Kalonzo among 13 senior retirees to earn billions

Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga wants his pension recalculated and backdated to July 17, 2016, a development that could see him and 12 senior retirees earn an additional Sh4 billion.

If Dr Mutunga succeeds, government officials argue that this will have a ripple effect on the pensions earned by the other senior citizens.

When the former CJ retired in 2016, he was paid a lump sum on February 7, 2017, under the Pensions Act 189, and was not considered for a monthly pension since he had only worked for less than ten years.

Former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga

When the DPs Act was amended he received other benefits after he lodged another claim on June 28, 2017.

The Retirement Benefits (Deputy President and Designated State Officers) Act, 2015, stipulates “a retired Chief Justice shall, during his or her lifetime, be entitled to a monthly pension equal to eighty per cent of the monthly salary of the entitled person’s last monthly salary while in office.”

He is also entitled to a lump sum payment on retirement, calculated as a sum equal to one year’s salary paid for each term served in office among other benefits.

Documents seen by the Saturday Standard indicate that the monthly pension enjoyed by former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, former Vice Presidents, Moody Awori, Kalonzo Musyoka, George Saitoti, Kijana Wamalwa and Musalia Mudavadi will have to be adjusted and backdated.

Former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga
Kalonzo Musyoka

Others whose monthly pensions are likely to be affected are former Speakers of the National Assembly, Kenneth Marende, Francis ole Kaparo, Jonathan Ng’eno and Ekwe Ethuro.