'I want my money' Raila tells Uhuru
10 June 2015, 12:32
Nairobi - CORD leader and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga says that he wants to be paid his pension, just like normal Kenyans despite opposition to the same by the Jubilee government.
Raila says that the fact that he and CORD co Principal Kalonzo Musyoka are still active politically does not mean he cannot be paid.
He says that the move by the Jubilee government to deny them the pension is politically motivated and a ploy to force them to step aside from their political activities, something he says they will not do.
" We want to be paid our pension just like other normal Kenyans. We worked hard for the right to the pension and deserve it by law," he said Wednesday morning in an interview on Nation FM.
" There are several persons who are active politically and have been paid their pensions, why are we an exception?," he added.
The CORD leader also stated that he would not be cowed by threats from the Jubilee coalition not to pay him so as to force him to take a political back seat.
" I have not said I will vie for the 2017 elections. It is too early to do so. I will or will not. It does not mean that Raila has to vie. It is not written in stone".
" Despite it being my right (Pension), it will not stop me from doing what I believe is right and that is what matters," he added.
Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich has written to Parliament, opposing the deletion of a clause that bars the two from politics in the Retirement Benefits (Deputy President and Designated State Officers) Bill.
According to Rotich, the two cannot be paid pension until they stop being active politically.
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