Ruto: State officers retirement package excessive

Wednesday 21st August, 2013 on The Daily Nation

Deputy President William Ruto (right) And The National Council Of Churches Of Kenya General Secretary Rev. Canon Peter Karanja (left) Sing A Hymn During The NCCK Centenary Celebrations At Kabarak University In Nakuru August 21, 2013. In A Statement, Mr Ruto Urged MPs To Amend The Proposed Retirement Package For Senior State Officers To Reflect The State Of Kenya's Economy. SULEIMAN MBATIAH Deputy President William Ruto (right) and the National Council of Churches of Kenya General Secretary Rev. In a statement, Mr Ruto urged MPs to amend the proposed retirement package for senior state officers to reflect the state of Kenya's economy. Mr Ruto says the figures are extravagant and could lead to an increase in the wage bill.

Any package for retirees must be modest and contextualised to the economic reality of the country,

Salaries and Remuneration Commission has estimated that the Treasury will fork out more than Sh484million to fully cater for the new retirement packages. Bill is expected to come to the floor of the House for its first reading when the lawmakers return from their break on September 17.

Deputy President William Ruto has urged MPs to amend the proposed retirement package for senior state officers to reflect the state of Kenya's economy. Mr Ruto said the figures were extravagant and could lead to an increase in the wage bill if they were to be adhered to.

"I respect the constitutional principle of separation of powers, but I urge Parliament to review this Bill with a view of making the package reasonable and not extravagant. Retirement benefits are meant to make individuals live a fair life, but not an extravagant one,” said the DP in a statement Wednesday.

The proposed law, sponsored by Gwassi MP John Mbadi, seeks to provide packages worth million of shillings for retired state officers including the Deputy President, Speakers Justin Muturi and Ekwee Ethuro, their deputies Joyce Laboso and Kembi Gitura.

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