A section of MPs alleged that the Britons continued to earn taxpayers’ money despite the majority of them having retired over five decades ago.
Through the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the lawmakers issued a seven-day ultimatum to Treasury Principal Secretary Julius Muia to table files and records in order to show proof of life and work conditions for the Britons.
“We cannot pay millions to nonexistent people since 1963. If they are alive, they were laid off 58 years ago. We want life certificates and payments schedules within a week,” Garissa Town MP Aden Duale stated.
According to the law, the Britons ought to file their records yearly- which is updated on the Crown Agents’ records.
However, reports indicate that Treasury officials have failed to account for the records which have not been updated in the recent past.
“We have no life certificates. We will get details about the recipients of the millions. These people are in Kenya and I request you give us two weeks to furnish these details,” Muia urged the PAC committee.
Reports indicate that Kenya paid Ksh150 million to the Britons and a further Ksh112 million to the widows of the deceased foreign workers hired by the British colonial administration.
The news comes as Parliament had initially ordered a fresh audit of pension payments made to former State employees residing abroad.
Auditor General Nancy Gathungu had raised a red flag on the issue, pointing out that some of the British citizens on Kenya’s payroll had retired.
“However, no evidence was provided that the pensioners’ details were submitted before payments were effected as required by the Pension Department’s internal controls,” Gathungu stated.