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CORD MPs to fight hard for Raila, Kalonzo pension

19 May 2015, 18:21 William Korir

Nairobi - The CORD coalition will fight for the government to release the pension owed to leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka even if it means heading to court.

In a communique Monday, MPs affiliated to the party stressed that they would fight the directive by the government not to pay the two leaders their respective pensions as far as they can go.

The government has stated that it will only pay the two leaders if they retire from active politics.

Raila and Kalonzo have both said that they would rather forfeit the pension than bow down to the efforts to have them quit.

" We shall fight on the floor of the House, in the court room, in the court of public opinion and even in the roads and alleys," he said of the move to deny the two leaders.

" We have to ensure the two leaders get the pension because it is their right. They deserve it," he added.

MP Opiyo Wandayi of Ugunja also said that the move by the Jubilee government was untenable.

" It is against any law to deny a person at any level their hard earned pension. We will deal with it accordingly," he said.

Last week, President Uhuru Kenyatta referred the Retirement Benefits (Deputy President and designated State Officers) Bill 2013 back to the National Assembly.

He stated that the move was designed to ensure that only leaders who have retired from political activities benefit.

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