Mnyika to table Bill seeking repeal of new pension law

Mr Mnyika
Amid the ongoing fierce public debate on the new pension law, MP John Mnyika (Ubungo-Chadema) has vowed to table a private Bill in the House, which will enable legislators to remove the Article that forbids employees from getting their benefits before turning 55.

Mr Mnyika expressed disappointment at how Parliament was conducting itself, noting that such circumstances have always led to enactment of laws which did not benefit wananchi.

Mr Mnyika said he had already submitted the document to the clerk of the National Assembly, Dr Thomas Kashilah.

“By using Article Number 81 (5) of the House’s Standing Orders, I have the power as an MP to move the Bill with the support of not less than 10 signatures from fellow MPs,” he said.

Beginning Monday next week, he said, he would begin collecting signatures from MPs who wish to support the move. The Ubungo MP asked his voters and wananchi to forgive him for failing to take advantage of the article when the law was approved on April 13, 2012.

“I am asking for forgiveness. Although I did not support the approval of the Bill, I admit to have been not keen enough to raise the issue by presenting a schedule of amendment,” said Mr Mnyika.

However, the MP who doubles as the director of Publicity and Information for Chadema said wananchi should understand that the Article, which requires employees to collect their benefits when they are 55 years, was included in the Bill during its final stages.

“What I can say here is that the government has some hidden agenda for enacting this suppressive law. This Article was not in the Bill when it was mentioned for the first and second times.  It means that the government has a hidden agenda,” said Mr Mnyika.

Earlier, the deputy Speaker, Mr Job Ndugai, announced a new parliamentary schedule, which excludes all private motions including that seeking to discuss the new pension law.

Mr Mnyika said the only solution to ensure the law was discussed and amended was through moving a new Bill in the House.

“According to this schedule, the Speaker will not allow any private motion to be discussed in the House.  Therefore, the only alternative here is to table a private Bill on the matter, otherwise wananchi will suffer because of MPs’ negligence,” said the Ubungo MP.

He dded that the Social Security Regulatory Authority (SSRA) should withdraw its statement to the public that no employee should process the withdrawal of their benefit six months from the time the statement was released.

“There is something going on between the government and these social security funds, you can see the parliament is avoiding to discuss the matter, and at the same time SSRA is forcing people to forget their benefits until next six months, we say this is unfair, and we cannot accept,” said Mr Mnyika.
Source: The Citizen,, reported by Florence Mugarula
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