Outgoing cabinet secretaries who served in Uhuru’s government will bag over 20.8 million as a retirement gratuity given that they are not entitled to a pension.
State officers entitled to lifetime pension includes speakers of parliament, Chief Justice, president, and deputy president. On top of the pension, other retirement benefits include cars, drivers, police bodyguards, personal assistants, cooks, and messengers.
However, this amount is dismally low compared to other same-rank officials in the public service.
Principal secretaries will also be entitled to the same amount of money as those who have served since 2013 when the Jubilee government first ascended to power.
Cabinet secretaries who served in the ten-year regime of the Jubilee government include Fred Matiang’i, Najib Balala, Raychelle Omamo, Adan Mohammed, James Macharia, and Amina Mohammed.
The payouts were revealed after President Ruto formed his 22-member cabinet retaining only two of President Kenyatta’s cabinet secretaries in his government; Simon Chelugui and Monica Juma
Simon Chelugui will serve as cabinet secretary for cooperatives and SMEs while Monica Juma serves as security advisor if vetted in by parliament.
The gratuity amount is arrived at by calculating 31 percent of the annual basic salary for each year in service.
“A state officer serving on fixed term shall serve on contract and be paid a service gratuity at the end of the term at the rate of 31 percent of annual basic pay for every year served.”The salary and Remuneration Commission notes are in a gazette notice.
Cabinet Secretaries who served from 2013 to 2017 when salary was between 792,000 to 1,056,000 carried home 10.3 million.
However, those that served in the second term when the salaries were 924,000 monthly will pocket 10.5 million in gratuity.
On the other hand, SRC is still in a tassel with governors and deputy governors who want a review of their retirement package. Governors and deputy governors are demanding a monthly pension of 739200 and 700,000 shillings respectively.
Over and above the pension the governors seek to be granted a 3000cc four-wheel drive vehicle, fuel allowance, a driver, personal assistant, and medical insurance for both local and international treatment.
The SRC has advised that the terms are unsustainable and will only increase the taxpayer's burden.