In a heated exchange in parliament this afternoon, TNA Chairman Johnson Sakaja openly lambasted President Uhuru’s advisers calling them ‘petty and vindictive’ after denying former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and former Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka their pension.
President Uhuru declined to sign into law a bill that would have seen the two leaders earn their pay, sending the bill back to parliament with the draconian amendment that they have to first quit politics.
“This is an unreasonable restriction. The little money that is due to go to the former Prime Minister and Vice President is not for campaigns. It is for services already rendered. Those who are misadvising the President on this issue to make him look petty and vindictive are not doing us a service,” said Sakaja.
He noted that the Constitution was very clear about political rights of individuals to vie for elective posts.
“The government loses nothing by being magnanimous and giving people their rights. You can’t deny people their rights. I know the President well and this does not look like him,” said Sakaja.
Kabando wa Kabando (Mukurweini) said there was nothing unique in having a retired PM and VP vie for the Presidency or to participate in politics. He added that in Russia and Israel, the retired PMs have remained active in politics, and questioned why Kenya was trying to limit the political rights of individuals.