Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is a very lucky man. Thanks to his many years of public service, the fruits have started trickling in. Recently, the government allocated him 72 million shillings to set up and run his office.
The money was to be spent as follows; 26 million for purchase of vehicles and other transport equipment, 20 million for insurance cover, 10 million for office furniture and equipment, 10 million for employees’ wages, 4.2 million for maintaining his cars and 1.5 million for fuel and lubricants.
Raila Amollo Odinga is again on the list of about three beneficiaries meant to receive a whopping 785 million shillings from the government. Out of that sum, Raila is expected to pocket about Ksh. 225 million.
He has been allocated 200 million shillings as gratuity as a former prime minister and an annual 25 million shillings pension. Others who are set to benefit from the 785 million shillings are former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka and former president Mwai Kibaki.
Raila Odinga Pushing for the Pay
These benefits for former state officers were passed by the parliament long ago it’s just that the government had not implemented them. Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka had been pushing for them for years until this year when the allocation has been made. This is one of the numerous fruits of the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
Raila Odinga has been ripping heavily from the handshake. It changed him from being the number one enemy of President Uhuru Kenyatta to the closest friend. President Uhuru Kenyatta has come to trust Raila Odinga to the extent of sending him to represent Kenya in functions outside Kenya instead of sending his deputy president William Ruto.
When going to China to seek additional funding for the Standard Gauge Railway, President Uhuru Kenyatta chose Raila to accompany him instead. He is now one of the most respected persons in the country whose voice in government is louder than that of the deputy president.