The government has delivered good news to all retired teachers who have not received their pension benefits.
A total of two thousand, nine and three (2903) teachers are yet to receive their retirement benefits despite the court ruling in 2012 ordering the money to be released to the beneficiaries.
These teachers who have not received their benefits are retirees between 1997 and 2003. This good news to all retired teachers.
On Thursday last week, the National Treasury CS Ukur Yatani told the departmental committee on finance and national planning parliamentary committee that the pensions department is in the process of fast-tracking the process of payment of the pension benefits to the fore mentioned teachers.
Mr Yatani informed that National Treasury has sent 27 annuities’ staff to TSC who work closely in coordination with documentation faculty for convenience in preparing the cases.
The CS was responding to an inquiry raised by the former KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion.
Mr Yatani said, a total of 18,257 modified cases regarding teachers who either resigned or passed on between July 1, 1997, and June 30, 2003, were made to the benefits division.
The cases were raised following a win of 20 teachers in 2012 under the steady gaze of the Nakuru High Court looking for their annuities to factor in the more significant compensations.
The compensations were proposed and settled upon yet were not affected until 2003/2004.
Mr Yatani informed Parliament that so far the pensions department has processed and paid 15, 274 claims to retired teachers including cases of the beneficiaries of those who are deceased.
The CS further said that for the last 24 years, more than hundred thousand teachers have received their pensions. On the other hand, he said that twenty-three thousand more others have received death gratuity from the government.
Retirees have for a long time raised concerns on delays on retirement benefits. These delays have in the past resulted in teachers dying before they could claim their benefits.