According to the Constitution, Former President Uhuru Kenyatta was supposed to step down from party politics and collect retirement benefits totaling more than Ksh700 million.
However, he is still holding a position of chairperson of the Azimio- One Kenya Alliance Party.
From a legal standpoint former presidents are allowed to four new cars every four years. Their offices are completely furnished and they have complete medical coverage. They also have two personal aides, four drivers, four secretaries, messengers, bodyguards, and personal assistants.
A retired president may not hold office in any political party for more than six months after stopping to hold office as president, according to Section 6(1) of the Presidential Retirement Benefits Act.
Uhuru could stop participating in party politics, but he could still call gatherings and make political statements. Dr. Mutie continued by saying that he is able to exercise his right to free speech and other political liberties as guaranteed by Article 33 of the Constitution thanks to the Law.
He made a suggestion that Uhuru might continue to collect his retirement benefits because of Kenya's typical political posturing.
He continued, "We have seen this problem before with the issue of the former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, and the former Vice President, Kalonzo Musyoka, who found themselves in the same muck.
Former president Kenyatta gave his approval to the Finance Act, 2022, which enabled Raila and Kalonzo to receive retirement benefits despite the fact that they are still politically active.
Speaking at a gathering in Luanda, Vihiga County, in February 2023, Uhuru criticized those who were pressuring him to leave politics. "I am retired, but I don't feel worn out. Even though I'm not in the workplace, Raila has my full support.He will lead the way if he says so. Due to his integrity and desire to bring Kenyans together, I backed him in 2022 and will do so again. Although I have no interest in politics, I have the freedom to support Raila.
If Uhuru loses out on his retirement benefits, it will be the beginning of a more intense political game of chess between him and Ruto. However, the administration would have to make a carefully considered decision.
Source: Kenyans. Co. Ke
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