ODM leader Raila Odinga and his counterpart Kalonzo Musyoka continue receiving retirement package for their previous top government roles while remaining active in politics and even harboring 2022 presidential ambitions.
Raila Odinga pension perks for being Kenya’s former prime minister while Kalonzo receives similar treatment for being Kenya’s former vice president.
In the 2021/2022 financial year budget, the two were allocated KSh200 million up from the KSh785 million set aside in the current financial year.
On salaries, the two veteran politicians were awarded an annual pay of Ksh25 million which translates to KSh2.08 million in a month for each one of them.
The remaining amount is meant to pay permanent staff attached to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and retired Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka, in order to keep them comfortable in retirement.
It is worth noting Raila ODinga and Kalonzo Musyoka are both actively involved in Uhuru Kenyatta’s 2022 succession politics.
While none has declared they will vie for the presidency, their close allies have repeatedly dropped hint they will be on the ballot seeking to succeeded Uhuru.
During the funeral of former MP Kalembe Ndile, Kalonzo and Raila both hinted at reviving National Super Alliance, the coalition they used to jointly vie for the presidency in 2017, so as to combine efforts and face William Ruto in the 2022 presidential election.
It is also important to note that Raila Odinga has recently been deeply in government affairs, born from his handshake with President Uhuru.
While President Uhuru constantly refers to him as ‘my brother’, Raila lacks a specific titled and clear description of his mandate in government.
On the other hand, Kalonzo is being paid another salary for being Kenya’s special envoy to South Sudan.