In Summary
  • The commission, through deputy solicitor-general Muthoni Kimani, said that paying the retirees that amount would cause financial distress.
  • She also pleaded that if the money was paid, it would raise fresh labour unrest and unending litigation in public education.

The teachers’ employer wants to block a court order to pay pension to more than 52,000 retired teachers.

The Teachers Service Commission was ordered by the High Court to pay Sh42 billion to the retirees in 2010, but it wants the Appeal Court to block that order.

The commission, through deputy solicitor-general Muthoni Kimani, said that paying the retirees that amount would cause financial distress.

Ms Kimani said the retired teachers’ allowances, salaries and pension arrears up to July 1, 2013 were more than Sh111.4 billion. This would increase the average national monthly pension to Sh40 billion.

The ex-teachers sued the commission in 2006 for pension from July 1997. The teachers won the case before Mr Justice David Maraga sitting in Nakuru.
The commission was served the order by the retirees’ lawyer, Mr Dominic Kimatta.

The TSC challenged the award in the Court of Appeal but three judges — Moijo ole Keiwua, Onyango Otieno and Joseph Nyamu — ruled that it should pay up.

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