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Retired Teachers to Storm the office Of Finance Minister

01 October 2012, 14:54 Steve Wambugu

Retired teachers in the country have vowed to protest against the government to demand their pension dues.

They are planning to march to the Finance Ministry head quarters on Wednesday seeking answers from Minister Njeru Githae on where abouts of their funds.

The teachers further lamented that there are individuals in the government who are complicating the process of payment of their pension funds and unpaid salary arrears.

They retired teachers further claimed that their unpaid money had been released and the government had hatched a plot  to divert it to pay the teachers who were on strike for the last 3 weeks.

speaking to journalists in Nakuru today, they expressed concern that the said individuals did not want the money to be paid and that they had an intention of swindling the money that runs into billions of shilings.
The 52, 338 teachers are demanding up to Shs.42 billion from the government in form of unpaid salary arrears and pension money.

They have won court cases previously including the court of appeal in 2010 that upheld a high court ruling directing the government to pay
teachers of their money.
“We can now reveal that the government had hatched a plan to pay the striking teachers using our money because it has been released but
somebody is holding it,” said Gidraph Kimatta, the group’s secretary.

Kimatta said that the teachers would be moving to the Ministry of finance on Wednesday to demand their money.

The teachers lawyer Dominick Kimatta said that the government would be meeting on Tuesday to discuss the issue of money.

The meeting shall comprise officials from the Ministry of Finance, Teachers Service Commission, Controller of Budget and head of pension.
The lawyer said that a tranche of the money had been released but some individuals in the line ministries and departments were withholding it.

The retired group of teachers will be moving to the treasury days after the teachers called off their strike after striking a deal with Finance Minister Njeru Githae.

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