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Details of Ruto's private conversation with Uhuru on retirement benefits

President Ruto takes action after conversation with Uhuru Kenyatta on retirement benefits

President William Ruto and former President Uhuru Kenyatta at Safari Park Hotel during the opening of the regional peace talks meeting dubbed the third Inter-Congolese Consultations of the Nairobi Peace Process in 2022

On Tuesday morning, President William Ruto engaged in a crucial conversation with his predecessor, former President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The agenda of the conversation was to discuss pressing concerns regarding the operational support for the retired President’s office.

The dialogue aimed to address issues that have recently surfaced, affecting the functionality of Kenyatta's office.

In response to these concerns, President Ruto has taken decisive action by forming a specialised team led by the Head of Public Service Felix Koskei.

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This team is tasked with immediately addressing and resolving all raised issues, including the proper establishment and resourcing of the retired President's office and the associated staff.

This move is seen as a significant step toward ensuring that former President Kenyatta’s office receives the necessary support to function effectively.

The interaction between the current and former presidents comes amid reports of challenges faced by Kenyatta's office.

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These include allegations of blocked fuel cards, unpaid salaries for staff, and logistical difficulties, which have been widely reported and discussed in the media.

Former President Kenyatta's office has highlighted the lack of support and transparency regarding the funds and resources allocated to them, leading to significant operational difficulties.

In a recent statement, Government Spokesperson Isaac Mwaura countered these allegations by detailing the benefits already provided to the former president, such as luxury vehicles and office space.

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Mwaura emphasised that all benefits are in compliance with the Presidential Retirement Benefits Act.

Despite these assurances, Kenyatta's communication secretary, Kanze Dena, maintained that there are still unresolved issues, particularly regarding vehicle provisions and financial support.

The newly constituted team, under the leadership of the Head of Public Service, is expected to conduct a thorough review and take immediate actions to ensure the retired President’s office is adequately supported.

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This initiative highlights President Ruto’s commitment to maintaining respect and dignity for his predecessor and ensuring a seamless transition of support services.

The outcome of this effort will be closely watched by the public and political analysts, as it reflects the broader dynamics between the current administration and its predecessors.

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