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Retirees want pension law reviewed

28 November 2012, 14:06 Joseph Mukubwa

Pensioners are demanding for an immediate review of their monthly pensions to enable them cope with the rising costs of living.

Over 7 000 pensioners affiliated with the Kenya Association of Retired Officers (KARO) as the umbrella body complained that their plight has been left unaddressed even after making numerous appeals to the government.  

The association’s officials led by their National Executive officer Karuga Gichohi said that the ever rising costs of living has almost turned some of its members  into beggars, despite the nation building roles they played during their times in office.

“The government has remained impervious to our pleas on the memorandum on ‘payment of pensions and other benefits to retirees’ we recently wrote to the Minister for Finance Njeru Githae and are yet to get a response," said Gichohi while addressing the public in Nyeri town.

In the memorandum, the Association cleared out that the current Pension laws in the country are archaic since they are oppressive, retrogressive and outdated.

The retirees also appealed to the minister to have their pensions regularly reviewed in order to keep up with the current economic situations.

The officials said that most of those who retired more than 13 years ago are grappling with a mere KES 2 500 to KES 4 000, going by the low salaries they received at that time.

The officials also noted that though the new constitution has adequately addressed the plight of the elderly people under the Specific Application of Rights, it has failed to come out clearly regarding the issue of retirees.

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