ODM leader Raila Odinga has every reason to smile, thanks to the handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta, this is after his office was allocated sh 72 million by the national Treasury to enable operations at the office run smoothly and efficiently.
The money is meant for the purchase of vehicles and other transport equipment and to hire staff on a temporary basis. The allocation to the office of the former Prime Minister makes ODM leader Raila Odinga’s part of his expenses paid for by taxpayers after the National Treasury.
Raila’s office will be entitled to Sh10 million for his employees’ wages, Sh20 million for insurance cover and another Sh26 million for purchase of vehicles and other transport equipment and Sh10 million to purchase office furniture and general equipment and will have his cars maintained at Sh4.2 million.
The Former Prime Minister will also get fuel; oil and lubricants at Sh1.5 million, a first time the former Prime Minister’s office is being allocated funds since President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration took over.
The former Prime Minister Raila and former Vice President Kalonzo were entitled to a pay of KSh 8.64 million, KSh 720,000 in monthly lifelong pension and KSh 108,000 in fuel allowance after the government eased restrictions on their retirement packages following the 2018 handshake.
The National Treasury is making massive cuts from less significant departments in various ministries in its supplementary budget to free additional resources needed in the fight against Covid-19, which has so far had economic effects on Kenyans, especially from the needy background.