More burden to Kenyans as Treasury sets aside Ksh. 1.5 billion for Raila Odinga and former Vice-presidents

As Kenyans continue to feel the burden of high taxes and inflation, the Treasury has set aside kSh. 1.5 billion to cater for the retirement benefits of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and retired Vice-Presidents, including Kalonzo Musyoka.

According to budget documents tabled in Parliament, there is an allocation of Sh1.5 billion as gratuity for retired presidents under an expenditure line that is being introduced for the first time.

Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka will be entitled to a lump sum pay of Ksh. 8.64 million, Sh720,000 in monthly lifelong pension and Sh108,000 in fuel allowance every month besides other lavish benefits like fully furnished offices as well as 17 workers including chefs, accountants, secretaries and personal assistants at taxpayers’ expense.

The two leaders currently earn a monthly pension of nearly Sh200,000 for the multiple terms they served as MPs for Lang’ata and Mwingi North constituencies respectively.

Mr Odinga and Mr Musyoka made a formal application for the lavish pension early this year.

The lavish retirement benefits will be extended to Musalia Madavadi, who served briefly as Kenya’s Vice President in 2002.

Moody Awori, who was Vice President between 2003 and 2008, is already enjoying the benefits and taxpayers used Sh149.2 million in the six months to June for his staff and office—reflecting the taxpayer burden of the retirement perks.

According to the Act, the former Prime Minister will receive a monthly pension equivalent to 80 per cent of his last salary, a lump sum of equivalent to 12 months of his last pay, security, medical insurance and a diplomatic passport for himself and spouse.

He will also receive two saloon cars and a four-wheel drive vehicle, both of which will come with three drivers and a fuel allowance equivalent to 15 per cent of the monthly pay of the serving Deputy President.

The vehicles will be replaced after every four years. Taxpayers will cater for maintenance of the vehicles at dealerships.

Among the other perks that Mr Odinga will enjoy are; one personal assistant, one secretary, one accountant, two housekeepers, two senior support staff, two gardeners, armed security and two cleaners.

Mr Musyoka and Mr Mudavadi will also enjoy similar benefits.

Retired Parliament Speakers — Kenneth Marende, Francis ole Kaparo and Ekwee Ethuro — are also enjoying comparable benefits, but with a smaller staff of eight aides and two armed guards.





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