Sigh of relief for former councillors as government steps in to ensure perks payout

Forum for former Councillors in Nakuru has expressed optimism following a move taken by government to ensure their registration towards the process of ensuring they get their Honorarium Sh1.5m.

The members of the Forum drawn from the former County councils of Nakuru, Central Rift, Molo Town council, Nakuru Municipality and Naivasha Municipal council are optimistic that the registration exercise will enable government implement the Senate’s wish pertaining the welfare of the former civic leaders.

Addressing the media in Nakuru on Monday during a meeting on the same, the former civic leaders led by their chairman Mayor Samson Nkanata, they had complained before about the slow pace at which the process was being undertaken but was quick to note that the government has stepped in.

According to Nkanata the delays in the process has continued to impact negatively on their welfare with some already experiencing medical complications due to their advanced aged.

“Some of us are at an advanced age and with health complications that come with the same and that is why we are optimistic that with this new registration our grievances will be heard and this matter come to an end,” said Nkanata.

Similar sentiments echoed by Secretary to the Forum Councilor Geoffrey Mutai.

He lauded the physical identification directive from the government saying it will help address the challenges that were there in the gazette notice of 1993.

According to Mutai, some of the councilors who were registred in the Kenya Gazette of 1993 have passed away long time ago and they are relying on their family members for the information

“The purpose of the physical identification is because it will help address the challenges experienced in the Kenya Gazette of 1993 owing to the fact that some have passed away” said Mutai.

The Senate passed a Bill that requires 12,000 former councillors countrywide who served between 1963 and 2013 to be paid Sh1.5 million gratuities in one payout and Sh30, 000 monthly stipend.

On the ongoing debate around the Building Bridges Initiative, the former civic leaders have vowed to support it as long as it unites Kenyans and ensure prosperity.

Led by Former Mayors Towett and Samson Nkanata, the leaders called on the government to ensure that they are involved in the whole debate on BBI.

“As former councilors we also want to be part of BBI” they said.