Si­aya ex-coun­cil­lors de­mand Sh1.5 mil­lion gra­tu­ity

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Two hun­dred former coun­cil­lors from the six sub­coun­ties in Si­aya have pe­ti­tioned the gov­ern­ment to pay them Sh1.5 mil­lion gra­tu­ity each and a Sh3,000 monthly al­lowance.

Led by former Coun­cil­lors’ Fo­rum sec­re­tary As­teri An­golo, they said they de­serve to be paid for serv­ing the county “faith­fully and dili­gently”.

He spoke on Fri­day dur­ing the fo­rum’s Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee meet­ing in Si­aya town. An­golo said it is un­fair for them to be left out, yet former Pres­i­dents and MPs get a pen­sion and gra­tu­ity.

He urged the as­sem­bly to em­u­late Kisii county, which adopted a re­port to pay former coun­cil­lors.

Trea­surer Ju­lia Od­hingo and chair­man Or­wenjo Umidha said most former coun­cil­lors lan­guish in poverty.

Former mayor of the now-de­funct Si­aya Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil Or­wenjo said many former coun­cil­lors are bed-rid­den and can­not af­ford to buy drugs.

Last month, more than 12,000 former coun­cil­lors from across the coun­try de­manded a one-off Sh18 bil­lion gra­tu­ity pay­ment.

They also de­manded to be paid a Sh30,000 monthly pen­sion, which would cost Sh4.3 bil­lion a year.

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