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Golden handshake for Kivuitu team

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 17 – The Cabinet has approved a send off package for the former commissioners of the defunct Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK).

This was contained in a task force report on the dissolution of the electoral body and the implementation of the transitional arrangements approved by Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.

A statement from the Presidential Press Service said:  “This will include ex-gratia payment equivalent to three months gross salary, service gratuity of 31 percent of basic salary for the period served and one month salary in lieu of notice.”

Unutilised leave, the dispatch added, would be commuted for cash.

Former ECK Chairman Samuel Kivuitu’s monthly package was approximated at Sh513,000 in salary and allowances. Each commissioner earned about Sh400,000 in salary and allowances. Their pay was tax-free. Further, the commissioners were entitled to a security officer, driver, cook and a house allowance of up to Sh50,000.

Reports had indicated that the packages could cost the state up to Sh400 million.
Other members of staff will be re-deployed to various ministries through the Ministry of Public Service as recommended by the task-force.

“Those who will not be re-deployed will receive a golden handshake of Sh170,000, one month salary in lieu of notice and severance pay of one month basic salary for each year worked,” the statement said.

Unutilised leave will be commuted for cash up to the maximum days allowed under each staff category. For those eligible for retirement payment of pension dues would be done under the terms and regulation of the ECK pension scheme or any other private pension scheme.

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The process of setting up an Interim Independent Electoral Commission with the list of names of the chairman and eight commissioners was expected to be tabled in parliament by the Parliamentary Committee on legal affairs on Wednesday. The committee has already settled on 39-year-old city lawyer Cecil Miller for the Chairmanship.


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