Auditor, head of budget set for major retirement benefits

Auditor, head of budget set for major retirement benefits

Auditor, head of budget set for major retirement benefits

Economy

Auditor, head of budget set for major retirement benefits

Friday July 30, 2021

Former Auditor General Edward Ouko. FILE PHOTO | NMG

By SAMUEL OWINO
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Summary

  • The Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee has directed the SRC to provide a life pension to the Auditor General.
  • Retired Auditor General and Budget Controller, serving a non-renewable eight-year term, are offered a lump sum tip equal to 31 percent of their total base salary.

The retired Auditor General and the Budget Comptroller will earn 80 percent of their last monthly salaries and get high-end vehicles, as well as other hefty benefits at the taxpayer’s expense for life under new proposals.

The Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee has directed the Wages and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to provide a lifetime pension to the Auditor General.

Retired Auditor General and Budget Comptroller serving a non-renewable eight-year term are offered a lump sum tip equal to 31 percent of their total base salary and not the lifetime pension.

The Committee says that the lack of a pension could compromise the integrity of independent office holders.

“It is imperative that office holders receive adequate retirement benefits to protect them from the demands of life at the end of their term,” the committee said.

Parliament has been asking why a pension is not offered to the retired Auditor General and Budget Controller as well as to other senior state officials such as the President and Chief Justice.

The petition sought to make the occupants of the two offices part of the Retired Deputy Vice Presidents and Designated State Officials Act, which provides a pension for the retired vice president, prime minister, speakers, and chief justice.

Retired senior state officials in the judiciary and executive receive significant benefits, including a monthly pension, cars, drivers, fully furnished offices, cooks, messengers, personal assistants, and police bodyguards.

But the Treasury says a separate law should be created to address the pensions of the Auditor General and the Budget Controller.

The Committee wants the Auditor General to be offered a monthly pension and a lump sum as determined by the SRC.

He wants armed security and full health insurance offered to the retired Auditor General and their spouses.

The National Assembly has received a petition requesting parliamentarians to amend the Retirement Benefits (Vice President and Designated State Official) Act of 2015 to include the Auditor General.

This opens the door for parliamentarians to add the Auditor General and the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) to the list of state officials entitled to lifetime retirement benefits, increasing the burden on taxpayers to support the comfortable senior officials after leaving office.

Edward Ouko and Agnes Odhiambo served as Kenya’s first Auditor General and Budget Controller respectively under the 2010 Constitution and retired last August after serving a non-renewable eight-year term.

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