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Uhuru’s office received Ksh28M out of Ksh655M allocation in 2022/2023 FY – Kanze Dena

Monday, June 10th, 2024 16:05 | By
Retired President Uhuru Kenyatta during a joint AUEOM meeting in South Africa.
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta during a joint AUEOM meeting in South Africa. PHOTO/4thPresidentKE/X

State House released only Ksh28 million to former President Uhuru Kenyatta's office in the 2022/2023 Financial Year out of the Ksh655 million allocation, the office of the 4th President spokesperson Kanze Dena has said.

Addressing the media on Monday, June 10, 2024, Kanze Dena said the Ksh28 million was spread across the payment of allowances for domestic travel as well as the facilitation of two trips by Uhuru, that were honoured by State House.

Dena who aimed at setting the record straight on Uhuru's perks, noted that budget is the core issue that the former president's office seeks to have addressed.

Uhuru's allocation in 2023/2024 Financial Year

She also noted that the National Assembly allocated Uhuru's office Ksh503 million in the 2023/2024 financial year, but to date, the office has not received any portion of the allocated funds.

She remarked that the 2023/2024 financial year is ending yet Uhuru's office still has no access to the funds that it was allocated.

"The budget is the core issue that the office seeks to have addressed. In the financial year 2022-2023, Parliament allocated this office Ksh655 million. To date, the office can only confirm roughly Ksh28 million spread across the payment of allowances for domestic travel as well as the facilitation of two trips that were honoured," Dena said.

Former statehouse spokesperson Kanze Dena. PHOTO/@KanzeDena/X.
Former statehouse spokesperson Kanze Dena. PHOTO/@StateHouse/X

"In the financial year 2023-2024, the budget allocation for this office was 503 million shillings. The year is ending without the office having any access to this allocation."

Kanze Dena was addressing claims by the government on Uhuru's retirement perks.

Mwaura on Uhuru's perks

On May 31, 2024, government spokesperson Isaac Mwaura gave a breakdown of the millions he said the government has allocated to Uhuru's office.

Mwauru said in his weekly media briefing that Uhuru takes home Ksh2.6 million monthly.

He said that out of this amount, Ksh1.6 million is monthly pension while the remaining Ksh1 million is in the form of allowances.

According to Mwaura, Uhuru has received a lump sum payment of Ksh48 million, equivalent to one year's salary for each of the two terms he served.

"Additionally, he receives a monthly pension of Ksh1.6 million and monthly allowances of Ksh1 million including an entertainment allowance of Ksh200,000, a monthly house allowance of Ksh300,000, a fuel allowance of Ksh200,000 per month and a monthly allowance of Ksh300,000 for water, electricity and telephone services," Mwaura said in his statement.

Kanze Dena on Mwaura's claims

However, Kanze Dena has dismissed the claims, noting that former President Uhuru's staff has not been receiving salaries for the past two years.

According to Dena, Uhuru has not been allocated new cars and that he currently uses the vehicles that were on his motorcade from Kasarani after President William Ruto's swearing-in ceremony.

She also noted that Mama Ngina's fuel cards have been blocked, and her security detail that was withdrawn a few months ago has never been reinstated.

Dena noted that Uhuru funds most of his office operations from his own pocket.

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