Senator Samson Cherargei of Nandi County has called for the immediate cessation of former President Uhuru Kenyatta's retirement benefits, stating that he should not enjoy the perks associated with retirement since he has confirmed his continued involvement in politics.
Cherargei argued that Uhuru's recent remarks indicating his intention to remain active in politics negate his eligibility for retirement benefits.
The senator further accused the former president of suffering from selective amnesia and making empty threats against non-existent adversaries.
In a statement, Cherargei said, "I have carefully listened to Uhuru's address at Jubilee NDC and realized that he is still in denial, suffering from selective amnesia, and issuing impotent threats against imaginary enemies. Since Uhuru has confirmed that he is not retiring from politics, the Presidential Retirement Benefits Act should come into effect, thereby withholding or stopping the 100% perks entitled to a retired president."
Cherargei's call to halt Uhuru's retirement benefits comes shortly after the former head of state, President Uhuru Kenyatta, declared during Jubilee's National Delegates Convention (NDC) that he would not be retiring from politics.
While addressing the convention, Uhuru acknowledged his previous contemplation of retirement but clarified that he had changed his stance. He expressed that he had once believed he would retire from politics and envisioned handing over the leadership mantle at the NDC. However, his latest statement confirms his intention to remain actively involved in the political arena.
The senator's demand raises questions regarding the eligibility of retirement benefits for former presidents who choose to continue their political careers. The issue is likely to spark debates and discussions among politicians and legal experts, as well as elicit public opinions on the matter.
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