The Star (Nairobi)

29 December 2012

Kenya: Maina Says President Send-Off Is an Insult

MATHIRA MP Ephraim Maina has opposed the proposed bill on President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga's retirement benefits. Maina said the bill, which proposes a heavy send-off package for the President, the Prime Minister, the Vice President and other state officials, should be rejected because Kenyans are already burdened by the high cost of living.

He urged President Kibaki not to sign it into law.House Speaker Kenneth Marende, Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim, Deputy Primer Ministers Uhuru Kenyatta and Musalia Mudavadi will also benefit from the bill.

Their benefits are contained in the Retirement Benefits Bill 2012 which was tabled in Parliament on Thursday amid little opposition from MPs present.

Speaking to the press in Kieni East, Maina, who is the chairman of Central Kenya MPs, said he will mobilise his colleagues to ensure large sums of money are not paid to the retiring senior civil servants or MPs.

He said it is senseless to pay retiring civil servants too much money while other Kenyans go to bed hungry."The proposed amounts are too much yet the beneficiaries are aging. They have good cars and posh houses while other Kenyans are sleeping with empty stomachs. What else do they need in this world? This is an insult," the MP said.

Maina, who is eyeing the Nyeri senator's seat, asked civil servants not to accept the package if it sails through Parliament and is accented to by the President.The MP said Kenyans are ready for peaceful elections and warned cautioned politicians against incitements.

"We want a united leadership which will bring Kenyans together. We must reject leaders who promote tribal politics," he said.Maina urged voters to elect people of integrity and not "power hungry politicians who promise heaven in their campaigns".

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