Former President Uhuru Kenyatta Defies Retirement Guidelines

Uhuru Kenyatta has declared that he will remain active in politics, defying the guidelines set forth in the Presidential Retirement Benefits Act of 2013. 


Kenyatta said, “I had planned to step away from politics and focus on other endeavors. But there are those who persist in forcing and intimidating. Today, I want to make it clear that you cannot do that to Uhuru Kenyatta. Let them find someone else.”

Speaking at the Jubilee party National Delegates Conference held at the Ngong Racecourse, Kenyatta initially expressed his intention to retire from politics after handing over power to President William Ruto.He cited unnamed individuals as the reason for his decision to stay engaged in politics.

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta at a NDC meeting. PHOTO| COURTESY

Despite leaving office in September 2022, Kenyatta has continued to actively participate as the leader of the Jubilee party for over eight months, potentially jeopardizing his entitlement to retirement benefits outlined in the act.

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Section 4b (ii) of the act specifies that a retired president may lose some or all of their benefits if they engage in political party activities or hold office in a political party making Kenyatta risk forfeiting approximately Ksh.34.56 million, equivalent to one year’s salary for each term he served as President during his ten-year tenure.

Under the retirement package, Kenyatta is entitled to a monthly pension of Ksh.1.15 million, effective from September 13, when he officially transferred power to President William Ruto, a fuel allowance of Ksh.216,563 and two four-wheel drive motor vehicles of his choice, renewable every three years, with an engine capacity between 3000cc and 4000cc.

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Former President’s retirement benefits PHOTO/THE STAR

The former president is also eligible for a monthly house allowance of Ksh.332,062 and a monthly entertainment allowance of Ksh.216,562.

An additional Ksh.332,062 is allocated to cover his monthly electricity, telephone, and water bills.

In terms of staff, Kenyatta’s urban and rural residences are furnished with two personal assistants, four secretaries, four messengers, four drivers, and adequate security personnel, subject to certification by the Minister for National Security.

The residence also includes a team of cooks, housekeepers, gardeners, laundry personnel, and house cleaners.

Amidst these developments, Gatundu South MP Gabriel Kagombe has filed a motion requesting the annulment of pensions granted to former President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Kagombe argues that Kenyatta violated the law by continuing to engage in political activities after leaving office, demanding that Kenyatta to repay all the funds he has received since his retirement.

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