Court orders TSC to pay retired teachers pension

Court orders TSC to pay retired teachers pension

The High Court in Nakuru has ordered the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to pay a sum of 42.3 billion shillings as pension to retired teachers.

The retired teachers sued TSC in 2006 claiming unpaid lump sum salary increment and accrued pension from July 1997.

Justice David Maraga directed TSC to pay the over 52,000 teachers their dues.

The TSC appealed against the judgment and lost the case at the Court of Appeal.

Last year, Justice Anyara Emukule ordered that Teachers Service Commission boss Gabriel Lengoiboni be locked up in a civil jail for six months if he does not pay the retired teachers in 90 days.

On February 20th, 2015, the court ordered then acting Inspector General of Police Samuel Arachi to arrest Lengoiboni and charge him with contempt of court.

Justice Janet Mulwa then ordered Arachi to appear in person on March 12th, 2015 to explain why an order sentencing Lengoiboni to be committed to a six month jail term at Kamiti Maximum Prison had been ignored.

The directive came in the wake of last year’s ruling by Justice Anyara Emukule in which retired teachers won a multi-billion shilling award in pension and salary arrears payable to them, with many retiring before receiving the payment.

The teachers who retired in 1997, accused Lengoiboni of ignoring court orders directing TSC to pay them Ksh 42.3 billion in salary and pension arrears.

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Maureen Murimi
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