Hundreds of retired teachers from Kiambu County have urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to personally intervene and help them get their pending pension and salary arrears.
They said although the government had in November last year allocated Sh17 billion to be paid to 22,000 retired teachers, they were yet to receive any money.
The retirees said the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) delaying in realising the funds. Addressing the press in Kikuyu town, the visibly distraught retirees regretted that they had helplessly waited for 21 years to get their dues adding that they might end up dying without getting the money.
Their chairman Geoffrey Mwirikia said they feared the money would not reach them, although an insignificant number of beneficiaries have received their dues.
“The President should order the TSC to conduct an audit of the fund and publish the names of genuine retirees,” he said. He said the salary and pension arrears each individual should be paid ought to be made public to ensure transparency and accountability.
“A few members have received miscellaneous payments of as little as Sh5,000 without the requisite accompanying payment vouchers,” Mwirikia said.
The former teachers now want the TSC to inform them the time when each should expect their payment. “Apart from being slow, the process of disbursing the money is not transparent with beneficiaries being kept in the dark not knowing how much and when they would be paid,” said Mwirikia.
They said they are living in abject poverty while others have since died. “We live a dog’s life bogged in poverty and hopelessness and yet we committed our time and energy to teach.
Most of our former students hold prime positions both in private and public sectors,” said Simon Ndung’u, the group’s secretary. Ndung’u said Nancy Macharia, the TSC CEO, had in 2017 assured them that they would be paid but the promise was yet to materialise to date.