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The Amount Of Money Uhuru Will lose If He Does Not Retire As Azimio Chairman.

 

The Amount Of Money Uhuru Will lose If He Does Not Retire As Azimio Chairman.

 

According to Section 6 of the Presidential Retirement Benefits Act of 2003, a former president is barred from serving as a party official for six months following his or her retirement from the presidency. Instead, a former president of Kenya would serve in an advisory and consultative capacity to the current government and the people.

Uhuru Kenyatta, the recently retired president, will have to give up politics and step down as head of the Azimio la Umoja council or lose his lavish retirement benefits. Legally, a former head of state has to wait at least six months before running for political office again.

This likely means Uhuru will step down as chairman of Azimio and become more politically involved with the opposition. Given that Uhuru’s Mt Kenya troops appear to be transferring their allegiance to Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, this development is expected to deal a heavy blow to Raila Odinga’s camp.

Since the former President is also leaving his position as party head, this will leave many members of Jubilee without a political family. The government, according to unofficial sources, has formally written to the Registrar of Political Parties to affirm Uhuru’s status as the chairman of Azimio. Anne Nderitu, who is the Registrar of Political Parties, was contacted but stated she “would not know if there was truly such a message” because she was not in the office.

According to Section 6 of the Presidential Retirement Benefits Act of 2003, a former president may not serve as an elected official for any political party for more than six months after leaving office as President. On the other hand, a former president of Kenya would be expected to serve in an advising capacity to both the current government and the people.

The Act specifies two scenarios in which a former president would be ineligible for his retirement benefits. If the previous president is convicted of a crime and given a prison term of three years or more without the option of a fine, or if the former president is an elected official for, or otherwise involved in the operations of, any political party, these situations qualify.

To prevent Uhuru from receiving any of the advantages, a simple majority vote in the House of Representatives is all that is required. The Jubilee administration had previously threatened to withhold pension payments for Raila and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka unless they agreed to withdraw from active politics. The Jubilee administration had previously threatened to withhold pension payments for Raila and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka unless they agreed to withdraw from active politics.

On April 14, 2022, the registrar announced in the Gazette that Raila had appointed Uhuru as head of the Azimio Council, the party’s highest decision-making organ. On September 7, he met with Azimio legislators in preparation for the upcoming commencement of the 13th Parliament.

Leaders of the opposition parties in Kenya, including Kalonzo Musyoka of the Wiper Party, Gideon Moi of the Kanu, Martha Karua of the Narc Kenya, and Hassan Joho, a former governor of Mombasa, are all on the Azimio council.

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