The recent decision by the Supreme Court to not halt the deduction of the new National Social Security Fund (NSSF) monthly fee has sparked a significant debate and concern among county pensioners. The resistance from county pensioners stems from the new fee structure, which they claim was implemented without open consultation considering their financial constraints. This lack of consultation has resulted in protests and dissatisfaction among pensioners.
The County Pensioners Association took their plea to the Supreme Court following a decision by the Court of Appeal that allowed the NSSF to increase workers’ monthly deductions from March 9, 2023. The National Social Security Fund Act raised monthly contributions to the NSSF by 98%, increasing it from Sh200 to Sh2160.
The Supreme Court’s decision has left county pensioners worried about their financial well-being. They argue that the new monthly fee adds further financial burdens and restricts their already limited incomes, making it difficult for them to meet their needs.
However, the Supreme Court’s decision also presents an opportunity for the pensioners to have their concerns addressed. The fact that the judiciary is willing to review the matter offers a glimmer of hope, as it may provide another chance for the county pensioners to express their thoughts and grievances.
The growing tension within the County Pensioners Association indicates a path towards a potential resolution. All eyes are now on the judiciary to carefully consider the grievances raised by the pensioners and find a balance that ensures the financial sustainability of the National Social Security Fund while also prioritizing the welfare of those who depend on it for their livelihoods.