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Rent, Salary, Beefed Security and Other Perks Raila Enjoys Courtesy of Handshake

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The State has sent officers to do an evaluation at Former Prime minister Raila Odinga’s offices at Upper Hill, Nairobi, with the intention of taking over the payment of his rent.

This new development comes amidst the growing rapport between the ex Premier and his erstwhile nemesis turned fierce ally President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Fortunes are reportedly changing fast, thanks to the new bromance following the March,9- 2018 handshake.

National Super Alliance Secretariat (NASA) CEO Norman Magaya confirmed that the State could soon take over payment of rent for Raila’s office.

“The Government had sent officers to conduct a valuation before beginning to pay rent. I think the process is ongoing,” Dr Magaya said.

According to a report carried in the Standard, the ODM leader now earns a salary and allowances, a benefit that he is entitled to courtesy of the Retirement Benefits (Deputy President and Designated State Officers) Act (2015) but which he had been denied while actively in ‘Opposition.’

The State reportedly began implementing the benefits it had withheld in the past few years soon after the handshake with Raila  getting at least 12 bodyguards attached to him. In addition, elite officers from the GSU provide 24-hour security in his listed homes.

Apart from paying rent at Capitol Hill building, the State also intends to cater for additional furnishing.

Lawyer Paul Mwangi, who co-chairs the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) however argues that Raila was only receiving the benefits he was entitled to under the law.

“Mzee (Raila) is only getting what he is entitled to as a retired prime minister. I don’t think there are extra privileges given to him,” said Mr Mwangi.

Uhuru is said to have personally said to have instructed senior security chiefs to ensure Raila’s welfare was addressed.

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The Act stipulates that a retired prime minister shall, during his or her lifetime, be entitled to a monthly pension equal to 80 per cent of the monthly salary of the person’s last monthly salary while in office and a lumpsum payment on retirement, calculated as a sum equal to one year’s salary paid for each termed served in office.

He is also provided with two saloon cars of an engine capacity not exceeding 2000cc which shall be replaceable once every four years and one four-wheel drive vehicle of an engine capacity not exceeding 3000cc which shall be replaceable once every four years.Other benefits include three drivers, one personal assistant, one accountant, two secretaries, two house keepers, two senior support staff, two gardeners, two cooks and two cleaners.He shall have armed security guards who shall be provided on request, diplomatic passports for him and his spouse, office and office equipment, maintenance expenses for the vehicles and access to the VIP lounge II at all airports within Kenya.

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