Bomet branch Knut executive secretary Malel Langat said the government should respect the law and release more than Sh111 billion owed to the teachers. The money has been accruing since 1997.
"The government should lead by example. Teachers Service Commission should obey the order issued by the High Court in Nakuru to pay the teachers their dues," he said.
Langat was speaking when marking UN International Day for Older Persons at Silibwet sports ground. He said by withholding the money, the teachers have continued to suffer.
Langat decried the delays in releasing the money. He said majority of the teachers are old and some may not live long enough to receive the money.
Langat accused the government of negligence in attending to the teachers' welfare. "Some of the teachers are ailing. The money can pay the hospital bills. The government is insensitive to their plight," Langat said.
More than 1,000 elderly people drawn from Bomet Central, East, Chepalungu, Konoin and Sotik attended the event. They asked the government to increase the number of old people to benefit from the money set aside for the elderly.
"Many of us have not benefited from the programme," said Mzee Kitur, a representative of the elderly.