Revealed: Amount Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta Receives From Govt Every Month

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta. [Photo/@4thPresidentKE/X]

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta could be the highest earner among retired government officials, Government Spokesperson Isaac Mwaura has revealed.

According to Mwaura, Uhuru bags millions every month in his retirement package, which also includes workers paid by the government.

The Presidential Retirement Benefits Act requires that former presidents receive pensions and other retirement benefits after leaving office.

After exiting office, Uhuru received a lump sum payment of Ksh48 million, equivalent to one year’s salary for each of the two terms he served.

Additionally, he receives a monthly pension of Ksh1.6 million, and monthly allowances of Ksh1 million including an entertainment allowance of Ksh200,000, a monthly house allowance of Ksh300,000, a fuel allowance of Ksh200,000 per month, and a monthly allowance of Ksh300,000 for water, electricity, and telephone services.

He also benefits from a comprehensive medical and hospital cover worth Ksh20 million for both local and overseas treatment for himself and his spouse. All the benefits are exempted from tax.

The retired third president also enjoys a fully furnished and maintained office space of his choice, which is fully furnished and paid for by the government.

He is entitled to two new cars of his choice, replaceable every three years, with an engine capacity of at least 3000cc. Additionally, he is entitled to two other vehicles with an engine capacity of 3,400cc, also replaceable every three years. He was allocated these vehicles on retirement, and their replacements will be factored into the budget 2027/2028 financial year.

Uhuru is by law entitled to four vehicles at the expense of the state, whereas the former first lady HE Mama Ngina Kenyatta is entitled to enjoy half the benefits of a retired president, as a spouse to a former head of state.

Currently, the office of the third retired President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mama Ngina Kenyatta, have a total of 12 vehicles at the expense of the state. These are two Toyota Land Cruisers with a 4,000cc engine capacity, one Mercedes Benz with a 5,000cc engine, four Toyota Prados with 2,700cc engines, two Range Rovers with 4,200cc engines, two Range Rovers with 5,000cc engines, and one Subaru Forester with a 2,000cc engine. The vehicles are fully fueled and maintained by the government.

Former President Uhuru Kenyatta with Mama Ngina Kenyatta.

The former president has been issued four fuel cards, and Mama Ngina Kenyatta has three fuel cards to facilitate the fueling of their vehicles.

The government also facilitates repairs and maintenance of the vehicles attached to the office of the third retired president and the former first lady upon requisition.

The office of the retired president is entitled to a total of 34 staff of his choosing.

According to Mwaura, the office submitted a list of 33 people, who have so far been deployed and earning salaries.

“I wish to confirm that the office of the retired third president has staffers well paid, with some at higher job groups, the level of a Principal secretary,” Mwaura said.

The office has the following staffers in post; 2 private secretaries, 3 principal assistant hospitality officers, 2 senior assistant hospitality officers, 2 drivers, 3 public communication assistants, 2 assistant superintendent gardens, 1 head housekeeper, 1 head waiter, 3 assistant hospitality officers, 2 doctors, 1 deputy director programmes, 1 director hospitality, 2 photographers, 2 paramedics, 1 principal programmes officer, 1 principal finance officer, 1 editor, 1 social media manager and 1 director, Office Administrative Services.

“On top of these 33 staff, the former head of state continues to enjoy VIP protection and his homes are as well heavily guarded by the police,” Mwaura added.

During his engagements, Uhuru is accompanied by a lean delegation of 10 staff for his international engagements. This includes one private secretary, one Aide de Camp, one doctor, one advisor, one protocol officer, one hospitality officer, two security officers, and two media/press persons.

Other retired senior government officials who enjoy hefty retirement benefits include the first retired vice president Moody Awori, and the second retired vice president Kalonzo Musyoka, each with three vehicles.

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