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Uproar over lack of life, accident insurance cover for Kisii MCAs

By Erick Abuga | November 19th 2020
Kisii Country Assembly Speaker David Kombo. [Standard]

Members of the Kisii County Assembly have recalled two of their representatives in the County Public Service Board (CPSB) over unpaid life insurance and accident benefits.

Daniel Apepo and Charles Nyangoto were recalled on Tuesday after it emerged that MCAs had not been listed to enjoy their Group Life and Group Personal Accidents benefits

This, they said, went against Section 12 (c) (d) of the County Assembly Services Act Number 24 of 2017.

In addition to the powers of the board, under Section 12 (2) of the County Governments Act, the board shall have the power to “despite the provision of any other written law, establish a pension scheme for officers of the service and, from time to time, determine the rates of contribution to the scheme, as well as the multiple of the annual basic salary for the group life and group personal accident benefits.”

The MCAs say the Kisii County Appropriation Bill, 2020, provided funds for the same. The money totals to about Sh4.5 million for the premium cover in the financial year 2019/2020.

The Motion presented by Bogiakumu MCA Ismael Bosire directed the political party caucuses of the Majority and Minority to nominate a member each for approval by the county assembly.

The issue of unpaid life insurance and accident benefits came to the limelight a week ago during the burial of Kiamokama Ward Rep Kennedy Mainya, who is said to have succumbed to breathing problems.

Mainya had been admitted to Oasis Specialist Hospital three days before his death, but died while on his way to Nairobi, where he was to get specialised treatment.

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During his burial ceremony at Mobamba Secondary School, his colleagues raised the alarm over the unremitted premium payments to the insurer.

Benson Ongeri, the Gesusu Ward MCA, called for the impeachment of the Speaker and recalled their representatives in the CPSB. “I am speaking on behalf my colleague who has died, leaving behind a young family. Unfortunately, they will enjoy the services from our insurer. The leaders are here with us, shedding crocodile tears,” he said.

However, County Assembly Speaker David Kombo said the matter would be solved. “It is true we don’t have funds to remit to the insurer. We have been paying members through bank loan.”

Yesterday the assembly's Budget Committee Chair Denis Ombachi clarified that they had funds for the Group Life and Group Personal Accidents benefits, but were not able to remit the same to the insurer.

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