, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 2 – The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) has been urged to set retirement benefits for former leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka to settle the raging debate on the issue.
The Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) said that the SRC is the only institution that will help put an end to the controversy surrounding the retirement package due to the two.
CIC Chairman Charles Nyachae particularly argued that the debate that touched on Odinga’s and Musyoka’s retirement packages need not get out of hand.
“The solution to this is that the SRC sits down and sets the retirement packages for the former PM and VP and for whoever else they deem appropriate to get a retirement term,” said Nyachae.
His remarks come a day after the government asked the two to surrender 10 State vehicles allocated to them when they served as Prime Minister and Vice President respectively.
Interior Secretary Joseph ole Lenku had informed Odinga and Musyoka that they were only entitled to two vehicles for their security detail and 12 bodyguards each.
“In line with government policy, I wish to inform you that you have been allocated two government vehicles for use by the security officers attached to you,” he said adding; “I hope this communication has set the record straight with regard to your entitlement.”
Although Odinga has not yet responded to Lenku’s letter, he had reacted to Kariuki’s charges insisting that as the former premier he was entitled to certain privileges.
And while reacting to the letter, Musyoka said that he would give back the vehicles because he doesn’t use them anyway.
Nyachae, who was speaking in Mombasa on the sidelines of the commission’s stakeholders’ forum, however urged for sobriety while dealing with the issue.
“It is untidy that we have this scenario where everyday there is a debate to and fro as to whether or not there should be certain aspects of retirement benefits,” he said.