Raila, Kalonzo, Mudavadi set to pocket millions if new Bill passes


Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, former Vice Presidents Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi. PHOTOS| COURTESY
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, former Vice Presidents Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi. PHOTOS| COURTESY

In Summary

  • The Bill proposed by Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina makes a wide range of proposals that are set to benefit persons who retired as Deputy President, Prime Minister, Vice President or Speaker anytime after January 1, 1993.
  • Also expected to benefit from the costly and somehow ambitious Bill are persons who served and retired as Chief Justice or Deputy Chief Justice after promulgation of the 2010 Constitution.
  • The former premier will also be entitled to at least six armed security guards of choice, diplomatic passports for himself and his spouse, a furnished office, maintenance of his vehicles and access to VIP lounges in all Kenyan airports.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, former Vice Presidents Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi are set to enjoy luxurious packages if the Senate passes the Retirement Benefits (Deputy President and Designated State Officers) (Amendment) Act, 2018.

The Bill, proposed by Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina makes a wide range of proposals that are set to benefit persons who retired as Deputy President, Prime Minister, Vice President or Speaker anytime after January 1, 1993.

Former Vice President Moody Awori could also benefit from the handsome package.

Also expected to benefit from the costly and somehow ambitious Bill are persons who served and retired as Chief Justice or Deputy Chief Justice after promulgation of the 2010 Constitution.

If passed, the Bill will see Mr. Odinga, who served as PM from 2008-2013, receive three drivers, one personal assistant, one accountant, two secretaries, two housekeepers, two senior support staff, two gardeners, two cooks and two cleaners.

The former premier will also be entitled to at least six armed security guards of choice, diplomatic passports for himself and his spouse, a furnished office, maintenance of his vehicles and access to VIP lounges in all Kenyan airports.

This is in addition to a monthly pension and a lump sum payment for the term served.

The benefits for former Vice Presidents will be the same as those of a former premier only that they will receive two drivers and one secretary.

According to the Bill, a retired Speaker of the National Assembly or Senate will be entitled to a monthly pension equal to 80% of his last monthly salary and a lump sum payment calculated as  a sum equal to one year’s salary paid for each term the person served in office.

A retired Speaker is also set to receive two vehicles that will be replaceable every four years, fuel allowance as well as full medical cover.

In the event that an entitled person dies in service, the Bill proposes that a lump sum payment calculated as five times the person’s annual salary be paid to his or her legal personal representative.

The Bill is an amendment to the Retirement Benefits (Deputy President and Designated State Officers) (Amendment) Act, 2015.

While the 2015 retirement benefits Bill had a condition requiring former State officers to quit active politics before enjoying the benefits, Ole Kina’s Bill is unconditional.

“The amendment seeks to ensure the Executive does not use alteration or modification of entitlements due to an entitled person as a tool to intimidate or maltreat the entitled person,” reads the Bill.

The amendment proposes that in case the Executive wants to amend any benefit entitled to a State officer, a joint parliamentary committee be tasked to review the said decision.

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