At least five more former public officers joined the exclusive club of retirees with a monthly package of more than Sh1 million, setting up the taxpayer to shoulder more burden despite the government push to cut the wage bill.
Former Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro and his National Assembly counterpart Kenneth Marende are among the latest beneficiaries of the more than Sh1 million-a-month pension payout.
Other new entrants to the scheme that President Uhuru Kenyatta gave a nod to last year are former Chief Justice Willy Mutunga and his deputy, Kalpana Rawal, and former vice- president Moody Awori.
Under the Deputy President and Designated State Officers Act 2016, such officers are entitled to a monthly pension at the rate of 80 per cent of their monthly salary and other generous perks such as security, medical insurance, cars, support staff and diplomatic passports for self and spouse.
The Act covers any person who retires after serving as Deputy President, Prime Minister, Vice-President, Speaker, Chief Justice and Deputy Chief Justice after January 1, 1993.
Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) set the pay of the Speaker of the Senate and National Assembly at Sh1,320,000 in 2013 implying the two ex-speakers are each entitled to monthly pension payout of Sh1,056,000.