Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta has began receiving his Sh1.32 million in monthly pension as required by law.
Treasury has however declined to give him Sh655 million that was supposed to be used to acquire a fully furnished office, vehicles and salaries for his staff.
According to the law, the former president must not hold any political office.
“A retired president shall not hold office in any political party for more than six months after ceasing to hold office as president,” says the Presidential Retirement Benefits Act.
Uhuru was last year handed a second five-year term as the Jubilee party leader. He is also the chairman of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition’s council.
The former President stressed that he is retired but not tired and that he is fully behind his party leader Raila Odinga.
In February, the Uhuru said that although he has retired, he is fully behind his party leader Raila Odinga.
“Hata kama hatuko siasa active bado tuko kwa chama ile tulikua naye na bado tunaendelea kuunga hio chama mkono na ni Azimio,” said Uhuru in Gem, Siaya county.
A retired president’s once-a-month pension is set at 80 percent of his pensionable salary, which is equivalent to 60 percent of Sh1.44 million monthly pay offered to the sitting president.
He also has other perks such as fuel, house, and entertainment allowances, which push the overall benefits above the salaries and allowances of top chief executives of State-owned firms like KenGen, Kenya-Re, and Kenya Power.
The law also entitles them to two personal assistants, four secretaries, four messengers as well as four drivers and bodyguards, pushing the office and home workers to 34 under the scheme funded by taxpayers.
Retired presidents are also entitled to four cars, including two limousines, which are replaced every four years. They have full medical coverage and fully furnished offices.