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Wetangula reintroduces bill declined by Uhuru seeking to triple pension for lawmakers 

Wetangula reintroduces to the parliament bill declined by former President Uhuru seeking to triple pension for the lawmakers. 

Among the 46 Bills that have been cleared for swift reintroduction in the 13th Parliament is one that will triple the pension for lawmakers who served between 1984 and 2001 to Sh100,000.

The Parliamentary Pensions (Amendment) Bill, 2022, which seeks to raise the pension from the existing Sh33,000 per month, can now be reintroduced in the 13th Parliament, according to speaker Moses Wetangula.

The Bill was published in June, two years after former President Uhuru Kenyatta shot down a similar proposal.

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta rejected a similar Bill in September 2020, saying it would add a Sh444 million annual tax burden on taxpayers.

The Parliamentary Pensions Act, 2002 amendments, according to the bill, will improve the financial situation of more than 375 former MPs.

According to the existing rule governing MP pensions, only lawmakers who have served two terms or more are eligible for a lifetime pension of at least Sh125,000 per month.

The proposed law is one of 29 others that did not advance past Second Reading but may be reintroduced in accordance with Standing Order 114’s guidelines.

Speaker Wetangula approved the reintroduction of 12 Bills that were passed by the House in the last Parliament but lapsed in the Senate.

He also allowed the re-introduction of five Bills that had gone beyond the second reading and 29 Bills that did not go beyond the Second Reading.

Other Bills that will be reintroduced by the MPs sponsored in the 12th Parliament or new MPs include the Public Debt Management Authority Bill and the Alcoholic Drinks Control (Amendment) Bill 2020 by Wundanyi MP Danson Mwakuwona.

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