Former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga will bag an extra Ksh 136 million. This is stipulated in the recurrent expenditure estimates for the financial year 2021/22.
In the Bill tabled before Parliament, the Treasury has allocated Ksh 68.29 million to Kalonzo’s office and staff, and Ksh 68.13 million to Raila’s office and staff.
Kenyan taxpayers will dig deeper into their pockets regarding allowances and salaries, paying Ksh 8.7 million to Kalonzo’s aides and Ksh 10.5 million to Raila’s staff.
Selected benefits for the Orange Democratic Movement leader include two secretaries, an accountant, a personal assistant, three drivers, two gardeners, two housekeepers, two cleaners, and two senior support staff.
On the other hand, the former VP will be entitled to two senior support staff, two housekeepers, a secretary, one accountant, a personal assistant, two cleaners, two gardeners, and two cooks.
The police will additionally endorse two security aides for the politicians.
Previously, the Head of State in 2015 refused to assent to the Retirement Benefit of State Officers Bill, which would see both party leaders enjoy the benefits.
President Uhuru Kenyatta cited for the two to get those benefits, they needed to quit active politics. However, after the March 2018 handshake, President Kenyatta softened his stance.
The same document stipulates a retired President will receive Ksh 72 million gratuities upon retiring in 2022.
During the financial year 2024/25, the amount will increase to Ksh 79.2 million.
Moreover, the President’s monthly pension will rise from the current Ksh 34.4 million to Ksh 42.4 million.
Legislatures retiring will also get a rise to Ksh 1.8 billion in 2022, an increase Ksh 983 million in 2021.