The Treasury has kept the funding budget for the office of late President Daniel arap Moi in the revised national budget that was tabled in Parliament last week following the coronavirus crisis.
The former president, who died on February 4, had been receiving retirement benefits since leaving office in 2002, including a hefty monthly pension equivalent to 80 percent of the salary paid to the sitting president a hefty monthly pension equivalent to 80 percent of the salary paid to the sitting president, a fleet of luxury cars, a fully-furnished office and about 40 workers.
He was also entitled to other perks like fuel, house and entertainment allowances running into hundreds of thousands of shillings.
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The Treasury has now decided to leave the budget allocation for items like payment of workers and office supplies, but withdrew cash meant for purchase of luxury cars and cut fuel cost provisions.
It has cut Sh346, 116 for fuel expenses and withdrawn Sh25 million that had been earlier approved by Parliament for the purchase of cars in line with the benefit entitling Kenya’s former presidents to four cars that are replaced every four years.
But the budget for paying staff working in Moi’s office and that of former President Mwai Kibaki was not cut and remained at Sh126.64 million in the revised budget.
The law also entitled the former presidents to two personal assistants, four secretaries, four messengers, four drivers and bodyguards.