State House responds to reports over President Ruto recalling former President Moi’s security, staff, and security.
As reported by media outlets on Friday, October 14, State House has denied allegations that President William Ruto has ordered the recall of former President Daniel Moi’s cars and staff.
The exercise was carried out prior to Ruto taking office, however, State House Comptroller Kinuthia Mbugua confirmed that the vehicles were withdrawn in compliance with the legislation.
State House Comptroller Kinuthia Mbugua absolved Ruto of blame apportioned by a section of Kenyans who claimed the President was going after the late president’s family.
“The benefits of a retired President are clearly spelled out in the Presidential Benefits Act, 2003 with Section 5 specifically stating that pensions and other benefits of a retired president are to be enjoyed only during his lifetime,” the report reads in part.
“The recalling of cars and staff as stipulated by the law took place before HE William Ruto assumed office.
State House has since demanded an apology from the media, terming the reports as “malicious and misleading”.
“We, therefore, take great exception to the story and demand an apology and retraction of the same.”
The late former President Moi was entitled to lifetime privileges, as dictated by the Presidential Retirement Benefits Act of 2013.
Moi was accorded 30 members of staff, a monthly pension, and two four-wheel vehicles, which were replaceable after every three years.
In addition, he was also issued diplomatic passports and several allowances.