Like in the sacking of police officers after the killer brew, where, in some instances, juniors were sent packing leaving seniors unscathed, making a mockery of ‘authority and responsibility’, the national treasury is being accused of favouritism in how it awarded retirement packages to two former presidents Daniel Arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki.
The two retired Presidents will cost the taxpayer Sh149 million.
Moiâ€™s total package â€“ his benefits, plus payment to staff, maintenance of vehicles, foreign and domestic travel, plus other perks â€“ is Sh66.9 million. While the total package for Kibaki is Sh82.9 million.
The question being asked is: If the two men are getting the benefits under the same law – Presidential Retirements Benefits Act – which envisages equal treatment to all former presidents, why the discrepancy?
A standard media reporter put it even more succinctly: ”Why would Moi who served the country for 24 years, earn less than Kibaki who served the country for a decade?”
The budget did not factor in benefits due to former prime minister Raila Odinga and Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka.