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Senator Cherargei says Uhuru should be denied retired presidents’ perks

Nandi Senator Cherargei now says the government should stop giving former President Uhuru Kenyatta perks entitled to a retired president following his declaration of staying in politics.

“I have listened keenly to Uhuru’s address at Jubilee NDC and realised he is still in denial and suffers from selective amnesia issuing impotent threats against imaginary enemies,” the Senator said via Twitter on Monday.

“Uhuru has confirmed he is not retiring from politics then the Presidential Retirements Benefits Act should kick in by withholding/stopping 100% perks entitled to a retired President.”

Cherargei was responding to Uhuru’s earlier revelation during the Jubilee Party National Delegates committee meeting where he claimed he had changed his mind about officially retiring from politics following ‘intimidation’ from rivals trying to push him out.

Speaking at Ngong Racecourse, Uhuru sent a message to his rivals saying he was not one to be played with.

“I thought I should retire from politics and go deal with other things. Others decided to threaten and force me. I am telling them today to look for another person, not Uhuru Kenyatta,” he said.

The former Head of State said he had contemplated appointing a new phase of leaders and retire during the NDC.

While speaking for the first time publicly over the invasion of his family’s farm, Uhuru said it was a form of intimidation to keep him off politics.

“We handed over power in peace, publicly and in broad daylight. I stayed quiet even when they insulted me, stole my goats and set my farm on fire, all while thinking I was being threatened,” he said.

“Mimi nasema waendelee.Chama Iko na wenyewe na Mpaka waniambie wako tayari ndio nitawachilia.”

Ex-Presidents, Security, and the Law

Retired Presidents are entitled to additional retirement benefits, such as security personnel, under the Presidential Retirement Benefits Act No. 11 of 2003, which regulates retiring presidents’ security in Kenya. The act mandates sufficient protection for the retiring President’s urban and rural residences, as well as a maximum of six security officers for personal and escort usage.

The act also provides for other benefits such as personal assistants, secretaries, messengers, drivers, cooks, housekeepers, gardeners, laundry persons, house cleaners, office maintenance, maintenance expenses of vehicles, a diplomatic passport for the President and spouse, local travel, international travel allowance, and access to the V.I.P. lounge at all airports within Kenya.

Further, a retired President is entitled to a lump sum payment upon retirement, calculated as one year’s salary for each term served as President. Additionally, a retired President is entitled to a monthly pension equal to 80% of the current President’s salary, an entertainment allowance, a housing allowance, suitable office space with appropriate furniture, two new cars replaceable every three years, two four-wheel drive vehicles, a fuel allowance, an allowance for electricity, water and telephone facilities, full medical and hospital cover, and other benefits outlined in the Schedule of the act.

A retired President is also expected to play a consultative and advisory role to the government and the people of Kenya, and may be requested by the government to perform specific official functions with payment of a reasonable allowance. The surviving spouse of a deceased retired President is entitled to benefits amounting to 50% of the pension and children’s pensions are also provided for. The professional and other staff required for a retired President are public officers with the concurrence of the retired President, and their duties are responsible only to the retired President.

Expenditures for the benefits conferred on a retired President are to be charged on and issued from the Consolidated Fund, and all expenses in the administration of the act are to be met from monies appropriated by Parliament. The pension and other benefits provided for in the act are exempt from tax, and the accounts are to be audited and reported upon by the Controller and Auditor-General. Upon death, a retired President is entitled to a state funeral.

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