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Kenya’s former President Mwai Kibaki will have to adjust his lifestyle after state slashes his retirement package by $200,000

Treasury has cut the staff, catering and vehicle maintenance costs in the office of the former president.

  • Treasury has cut the staff, catering and vehicle maintenance costs in the office of the former president in a fresh bid to ease taxpayers’ burden of keeping the retired head of state comfortable.
  • Staff pay for those serving in Kibaki’s office has dropped to Sh53 million ($530,000) in the year starting July 2018, down from Sh72.7 million ($727,000) in the year ending next month.
  • The two will in the current year ending June earn Sh116.6 million ($1.166m) in annual pension, which will be cut to Sh96.5 million ($965,000) in the New Year.

Treasury has cut the staff, catering and vehicle maintenance costs in the office of the former president in a fresh bid to ease taxpayers’ burden of keeping the retired head of state comfortable.

Staff pay for those serving in Kibaki’s office has dropped to Sh53 million ($530,000) in the year starting July 2018, down from Sh72.7 million ($727,000) in the year ending next month.

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Taxpayers will also pay Sh1 million ($10,000) less for catering and vehicle maintenance costs each for the new financial year, according to the 2018/19 budget estimates.

Mr Kibaki and retired President Daniel arap Moi are entitled to a Sh379,500 ($3,795) house and Sh247,500 ($2,475) fuel allowances on top of entertainment (Sh247,500) ($2,475) and utilities (Sh379,500) ($3,795) every month.

The office budget is also one on the benefits offered to retired presidents — Daniel arap Moi and Mr Kibaki — who also enjoy a generous monthly pension.

The law entitles the duo to have two personal assistants, four secretaries, four messengers, four drivers and bodyguards.

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Kenyan taxpayers also shoulder workers costs in Mr Kibaki’s Nairobi office that was bought at Sh250 million ($2.5m) three years ago, and Mr Moi’s office at Kabarnet Gardens off the city’s Ngong Road.

The two will in the current year ending June earn Sh116.6 million ($1.166m) in annual pension, which will be cut to Sh96.5 million ($965,000) in the New Year.

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