Taxpayers will pay the outgoing IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati and two commissioners a cumulative amount of Sh32.7 million as their send-off package.
Mr Chebukati with commissioners Boya Molu and Abdi Guliye are set to leave office on January 17 after serving a six-year non-renewable term.
Mr Chebukati will take home Sh12, 374,208 while the two commissioners will each take home Sh10, 274,402.
“A State officer, serving or appointed for a fixed term of office, shall be paid a service gratuity at the rate of 31 per cent of the annual pensionable emoluments for the term served. For purposes of gratuity and pension, the pensionable emolument shall be based on the monthly basic salary set herein,” the law states.\
According to the guidelines provided by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), State officers in the full-time Constitutional Commissions and Independent Offices covering the Financial Years 2021/2022-2024/2025, Mr Chebukati’s basic salary is Sh554,400 without allowances, while each of the two commissioners are earning a basic salary of Sh459,113 without allowances.
If all the allowances are included, Mr Chebukati’s gross pay becomes Sh924, 000 to include house allowance of Sh200,000 and a salary market adjustment of Sh169, 600.
The two commissioners have a gross salary of Sh765, 188 which includes a basic salary of Sh459, 113, a uniform Sh150, 000 house allowance and salary adjustment of Sh156, 075
According to SRC guidelines, for purposes of gratuity and pension, the pensionable employment shall be based on the monthly basic salary and not the allowances.This therefore means that Mr Chebukati, having served for six years which is 72 months, earned Sh39, 916,800 while each of the two commissioners earned Sh33, 056,136.
Mr Chebukati was appointed the IEBC chairman in January 18, 2017 following his nomination a month earlier.
The exit of Mr Chebukati and the two commissioners will leave the commission without any commissioner following the resignation of Juliana Cherera, Justus Nyang’aya and Francis Wanderi, while Ms Masit has been suspended by President William Ruto awaiting the findings of a tribunal formed to investigate her conduct during the August poll.
The process of filling the vacant positions is likely to take longer as a bill seeking to alter the process of recruiting electoral commissioners is pending in the Senate which is still in recess until February.