Former Councillors will be paid sendoff perks and pensions- CS Eugene Wamalwa

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa

Wamalwa said that all 4000 former Councillors will be paid their sh. 18 billion for services they offered while serving as legislators in the former defunct units

The Councillors led by their national chairman, former Nairobi mayor Nathan Kahara are demanding sh. 1.5 million send off and sh. 300,000 monthly pension

By Sirengo Namasaka  

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa has assured former councillors that they will be paid Ksh.18 billion that they have been pushing for from the exchequer. Wamalwa said that the report of the task force that was inquiring into the plight of the former leaders had undergone several stages and would soon be implemented.

“All the 4000 former councillors will be paid all their dues totalling to Ksh.18 billion once the validation of the task force report is done. They will have their dues paid to avoid the suffering they are going through”, said the CS. He spoke in Mutambo village of Waitaluk division during the burial of former Nzoia county council councillor David Wekesa Murunga where he asked the former leaders to be patient as their issue gets addressed.

 ” The man lying before us all was the pillar of democracy in this region having been elected for a record 15 uninterrupted years, David as you know that all your dues will be paid to benefit all of your 70 dependents”, he said in his eulogy to the family. He said many of the former councillors have had to pass through hard times, some losing lives as a result of stress. The CS said that President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to western Kenya particularly Trans Nzoia is still on and will help spur development.

On political formations, Wamalwa challenged OKA leaders Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula to make up their minds and join a winning coalition instead of behaving like village chiefs as others make plans of being in government. Former cabinet minister Dr Noah Wekesa who accompanied the CS challenged both Amani national congress leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula to forgo their ambitions and join other like-minded parties in a strong coalition to win the presidency.

 ‘‘ This is not a laughing matter Bwana Waziri, all former leaders including the late councillor David whom we are burying today have served this country diligently and it is so degrading for the government to treat them unfairly”, said Werunga

 “I have always been prophesying on who becomes the president as a coalition expert I’m challenging Musalia and Wetangula to join others or risk being in the opposition. The 2022 race is a two-horse race between former prime minister Raila Odinga and Deputy President William] Ruto”, Wekesa said.

 During the burial, former councillors through their Trans Nzoia chapter chairman David Wafula Sikuta who served as Kitale town deputy mayor narrated the former councillors were languishing in poverty as if they never rendered service to the country.

 ” Because of poverty we are unable to raise money for food and education of our dependents and since most of us are too old we are asking leaders to fast track the settlement of our dues before we die”, said Sikuta. He wondered why the motion that had previously sailed through at the senate to have each former councillor receive Ksh. 1.5 million and sh. 300,000 monthly pensions had not been affected. He said the senate had in 2018 approved a motion to give the councillors sendoff perks.

 The leaders castigated some politicians for doing nothing to see to it that the national treasury fully implements the recommendations of the report which has taken a long time. Trans Nzoia county assembly speaker Joshua Werunga who also served as a councillor and mayor of Kitale municipal council asked the devolution cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa to liaise with the national Treasury to cushion the former councillors.

 He regretted the prolonged delays and reluctance by the government to pay former leaders even after the senate passed the resolution unlocking the settlement of the dues.

 ” This is not a laughing matter Bwana Waziri, all former leaders including the late councillor David whom we are burying today have served this country diligently and it is so degrading for the government to treat them unfairly”, said Werunga. The pension of the former councillors according to financial expert Jamin Kwanusu would cost the taxpayer sh. 360million per month.

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