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Why should taxpayer pick up retirement tab for State officers?

EDITORIAL
By - | December 28th 2012

Why should taxpayer pick up retirement tab for State officers?

There is something awfully wrong with the way our MPs think – if and when they choose to do so. When the rest of Kenyans are hurting – belting up because their paycheck won’t just add up, our overfed MPs – perhaps aware that they may never see the inside of the chambers again – are hard at work gifting themselves with hefty send-offs.

In one such scheme, the MPs have proposed to hand the President, Vice-President, Prime Minister, and his two deputies, the Speaker, the Deputy Speaker, and other State officers a retirement package that can only be obscene and outright insulting to the Kenyan taxpayer.

If two new Bills before the House are passed into law, President Kibaki, Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Vice- President Kalonzo Musyoka, and a select group of the ruling aristocrats will each pocket Sh50 million lump sum pay-out when they leave office.

Ruling class

The contents of the two Bills stink to high heavens with the officials’ children being paid up to half the benefits until they reach 24 years in the event their parents die. But the madness does not stop here. In some cases, the taxpayer will foot the bill of the child for the rest of that child’s life. The officials will also take home a monthly pension at 80 per cent of their current monthly salaries for the rest of their lives.

A starving taxpayer will also have to pick their house, entertainment, fuel, and utility bills in allowances computed as a fraction of their current salary, for the rest of their lives.

This latest move violates the Constitution, which vest powers to set salaries and benefits of State officers on an independent institution. It is this disregard for law and their collective greed that Kenyans should rise up against the ruling class that is not only insensitive, but also out of touch with reality.
 

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