KDF widows/Widowers who remarry will not be receiving pension benefits.

KDF widows and widowers who remarry or form new relationships will not receive pension benefits.

New rules issued by the Ministry of Defense provide that no payment will be made to a KDF widow or widower who remarries or lives with another person as husband or wife.

The pension will also be denied to any widow or widower who leaves one of the children of a deceased KDF officer.

“The council will suspend the payment of pensions from the next date for remarriage or cohabitation as soon as it is approved,” indicates the 2021 KDF regulations (pensions and benefits) (officers and service members).

When a widow or widower has dependent children of a deceased KDF member, they may receive a pension on behalf of the children. It can also be sent to a licensed teacher.

“The money must be spent on the care and education of the child or children to the satisfaction of the [pension evaluation committee],” the rules say.

Published by CS Defense Monica Juma and PS Ibrahim Mohamed on September 17.

When the officer only lives with the children or when the payment to the widow ceases, the children receive their share twice.

“Child support ends when a child gets married,” says the principle, setting a marital age limit at 24 years.

With the approval of the legislature, the children ‘s children of KDF employees who died would be paid to the widow or widower for the care and education of the child or children.

“When there is no widow or widower, or if the widow leaves the child of the deceased, the KDF committee may pay the pension to the authorized guardian”, states the principle.

The new law provides that no widow or widower is entitled to a pension unless the marriage is recognized by law.

The marriage law recognizes the fellowship established by religious denominations, civil marriage and customary traditions.

Pensions are also paid for each child until he or she reaches the age of 24, provided that the amount does not exceed a quarter of the widow’s or widow’s allowance.

However, the Ministry of Defense has arranged for pensions and benefits to be paid within 90 days of the officer’s death or retirement.

“Pensions or free payments will be paid within 90 days from the date of retirement or the date of death of the officer or service employee, except where such payment has been delayed by court cases,” states the law.

In March 2018, Parliament overturned KDF’s proposal to expedite the payment of pensions and grants to officers and their families.

The delegated Legal Committee stated that the 90 days proposed is a ploy by KDF to withdraw money from the Central Government Fund through an external door.

At the same time, soldiers and soldiers suffering from occupational disabilities would be given Sh20,000 a month to pay for “assisted living expenses” – to be inspected every four years.

Payment will apply to any officer or soldier who is deaf, blind or physically disabled and uses a wheelchair.

Where an officer does not leave a widow, child or dependents, KDF would give a gift to the remaining parents, their siblings.

In that case, the parents will receive a maximum of six months’ pension, with any gift, as it will be given to a widow or widower.

The proposed pension evaluation committee would be wise to determine each parent’s share.

KDF officers will be eligible for a pension after 10 years of service; soldiers will be eligible after serving 12 years.

Those who do not qualify will receive a retirement annuity or discontinue service payment of 0.0025 percent of the annual pension for the period served.

Living parents, brothers and sisters shall have an additional right not to exceed the salary of the deceased for one month.

For widows and widowers, the pension will be paid at a maximum of one-third of the late payment at the time of death or retirement.

“If there is more than one widow, the pension will be divided equally among them”, refer to the new law.

Officers who choose to retire early or who have retired automatically and have served for 10 years are eligible for additional benefits.

People who have been suspended for misconduct or whose services are terminated after 10 years of service cannot be given more than 90 percent of the amount they would have received.

Officers who become disabled as a result of an injury, injury or illness may, if they retire for such reasons before the end of 10 years, may receive a bonus or pension.

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