NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 1 – The Pensions Department has begun paying retired teachers their dues amounting to Sh1.5 billion in line with an order from the Nakuru High Court.
A statement from the department indicated that the payments will be released sequentially starting with those who retired in 1999 up to the ones in 2003.
The department has also completed revisions for the 1997 retirees and are now processing revisions for those who retired with effect from 1998 with monies being already remitted into accounts.
“This is to notify the beneficiaries of the above court award that Pensions Department is implementing it after receiving an allocation from the National Treasury. We are rolling it out as per the direction given by Hon. Justice Janet Mulwa of the Nakuru High Court on the 15th August, 2016,” it stated.
The department further indicated that it is in the process of identifying the dependants of retirees for the purposes of releasing the benefits to them.
“Some beneficiaries have since passed on and there is need to identify their dependants for the purposes of releasing the benefits to them,” it said.
“We request the beneficiaries to collect the requisite forms, free of charge, at any Huduma Centre or in Bima House, Nairobi or the Treasury website, complete them and return them for action. The relevant forms in case of death are declaration forms for spouse, guardianship certificates for guardian and pay-point forms for banking particulars for both spouse and guardian.”
Justice Mulwa had ordered the Director of Pensions to release the funds within 30 days failure to which action would be taken against the department.
She had issued the directive when Director of Pensions Shem Nyakutu appeared before the court and confirmed that his office had received the cash from the Treasury.