The Director of Pensions Shem Nyakutu has been handed a one-month jail term by the Hight Court in Nakuru for failing to comply with a court order.
Judge Janet Mulwa in her ruling on Tuesday (28/02/17), indicated that Nyakutu deliberately failed to disburse 1.5 billion shillings to retired teachers despite the National Treasury making the money available.
The Director of Pensions defended himself saying that he had already disbursed the funds and asked for more time to give the rest.
Over 52,000 teachers who retired between August 1997 and September 1998 had filed a case to have Nyakutu and Teachers Service Commission CEO, Nancy Macharia, sentenced to a six months jail term for failing to remit the money into the accounts of the complainants.
In September last year, a warrant of arrest was issued against Mr Nyakutu for failing to appear in court over the case where retired teachers were
seeking Sh42.3 billion in pension arrears.
“The court wants Mr Shem Nyakutu to appear in court to explain the delay in the disbursement of the funds and why he has failed to honor orders given by the court,” Judge Mulwa ruled.
Mulwa directed the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to arrest and arraign Mr Nyakutu in court on September 23, 2016.
“An arrest warrant is hereby issued against the Director of Pensions for failing to comply with court orders issued on August 15 requiring him to appear in court. The court directs the IG Mr Boinnet to effect the arrest,” said Justice Mulwa.
The IG Boinnet was later in September summoned by the Court for failing to obey orders requiring him to arrest the pensions director.
Justice Mulwa directed the IG to appear in person to explain why he failed to bring the pensions boss to the court.