Retired judge gets pension after Ombudsman's intervention

Access to retirement benefits is a perennial problem affecting more than 70 per cent of public service retirees.

Thursday March 3 2016

Court of Appeal judges (from left) William Ouko, GBM Kariuki, Patrick Kiage and James Odek on January 29, 2016 when they dismissed a JSC objection against Deputy Chief Justice Kalpana Rawal case in which she is challenging her retirement. A retired Court of Appeal judge Walter Onyango Otieno is set to enjoy his retirement benefits after a two-year delay. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Court of Appeal judges (from left) William Ouko, GBM Kariuki, Patrick Kiage and James Odek on January 29, 2016 when they dismissed a JSC objection against Deputy Chief Justice Kalpana Rawal case in which she is challenging her retirement. A retired Court of Appeal judge Walter Onyango Otieno is set to enjoy his retirement benefits after a two-year delay. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By ERIC MATARA
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A retired Court of Appeal judge can now enjoy his retirement benefits after a two-year wait, following the intervention of the Ombudsman.

The Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ), through its representative Zahra Haji, on Wednesday revealed to the Nation that following its inquiries over the unexplained delay, the cash had been released to retired judge Walter Onyango Otieno.

Justice Otieno retired on December 2014, after serving the country for 48 years and rising to the rank of Court of Appeal judge.

The ex-judge had filed a complaint with the commission on January 7, 2016 through his lawyer George Oraro following delays in paying the pension.

The judge claimed that though he had furnished the Judiciary with all his documents necessary to fast-track his retirement benefits through the pensions department, he never received his dues.

PERENNIAL PROBLEM

Ms Zahra on Wednesday disclosed complaints related to pensions accounted for 20 per cent of all grievances received last year by the commission.

On January 16 this year, the Ombudsman’s office released a damning report detailing the woes retirees endure in the processing of their pensions and benefits.

According to the CAJ report, Hata Mnyonge ana Haki: Sentenced to Poverty Upon Retirement, more than 70 per cent of public service retirees are forced to make endless trips to pension offices, often in vain.

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