KUPPET Protests Delay in PSSS Trustee Appointments, Uncovers Forgery

The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has expressed concern over the government’s delay in appointing trustees to the Public Service Superannuation Scheme (PSSS). 

The PSSS is a contribution plan in which the government and employees both contribute to retirement benefits. 

The system includes 422,000 pensioners, including 244,000 teachers, 115,000 disciplined forces, and 61,000 civil personnel. 

On Sunday, KUPPET Secretary General Akello Misori informed the media that the Fund has been operating without a management board for more than three months, but all nominating bodies have submitted their names to the National Treasury Cabinet Secretary as required by law. 

Misori expressed concern that the delay in finalizing the appointments has resulted in a vacuum in PSSS management, which could potentially jeopardize the scheme’s proper management as outlined in the law.

He noted that for the past four months, the fund’s CEO and staff have been tasked with making crucial decisions that are typically within the purview of the board. The ongoing absence of a board leaves billions of shillings of pensioners’ hard-earned savings vulnerable to risk. 

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The Kuppet boss said that the delay in choosing the trustees was contrived by a cartel of power brokers angling for control of the multibillion-shilling fund.

He advised the National Treasury CS, Njuguna Ndung’u, to fulfill his legal obligation by screening the PSSS nominees to protect pensioners’ funds. 

Misori reiterated the reminder to the Cabinet Secretary to be mindful of the challenges retirees face in accessing their pensions. He emphasized the meticulous design of the legal framework governing PSSS appointments to uphold principles of good governance and accountability within the scheme.

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The union said that it discovered a falsified letter with the signatures of its top officials that authorized the nomination of other individuals. 

Misori stated that Kuppet had become aware of a forged letter containing the signatures of their two officials, Ronald Tonui and Sammy Chelang’a, who falsely claimed to nominate other individuals for the position.

Misori further mentioned that the union had disclaimed the fraudulent letter and requested the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to investigate its source.

KUPPET Protests Delay in PSSS Trustee Appointments, Uncovers Forgery

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