Duuh.. kama ndivyo hivi, basi kila mmoja wetu walau apate kuwa Rais mara moja maishani.....!! Kwa kweli mafao haya na marupurupu yote ni kama kufuru vile...haswa ukizingatia hali ya kiuchumi ya Taifa hili. Please read the following article courtesy of ThisDay, pension benefits have been highlighted in blue: A retirement benefits package to dream of: Why Mkapa didn`t have to do business at Ikulu: THISDAY REPORTER Dar es Salaam FORMER President Benjamin Mkapa is already guaranteed a comfortable life after retirement, courtesy of taxpayers’ money, according to legislation that he himself assented to while at State House. The current Political Service Retirement Benefits Act, passed by the National Assembly in 2000, spells out a generous package of retirement perks for the former president, including an annual pension granted monthly of a sum equal to 80 per cent of the salary of incumbent President Jakaya Kikwete. On top of that, Mkapa also now gets a monthly maintenance allowance also equal to 80 per cent of Kikwete’s current salary. Furthermore, after leaving public office, he was entitled to receive a gratuity of a sum equal to 50 per cent of the total sum received by himself as salaries during his entire ten-year tenure as head of state from 1995. Mkapa also received a winding-up allowance of a sum equal to the amount that would be received as salary in 24 months by incumbent President Kikwete. Apart from this financial windfall, the legislation also allows the ex-president to continue using diplomatic passports for himself and his wife, plus the use of the VIP lounge at all airports. He was also given a health insurance policy that covers medical treatment within Tanzania, plus the services of two motor vehicles to be provided by the government, and two drivers. Also included in Mkapa’s handsome retirement benefits package is a fully-furnished house of not less than four bedrooms, two of which shall be self-contained, with a furnished office and servants’ quarters. The specific legislation also guarantees ’ ’all necessary security and other protection services to himself and his immediate family.’’ Courtesy of taxpayers’ money, the former president also gets one of each of the following: Personal assistant, personal secretary, office attendant, personal cook, laundry man, domestic servant, and gardener. And if he is requested to travel outside Tanzania on official (Kikwete) government business, only first class travel is appropriate for Mkapa, with the state also obliged to foot travel expenses for his spouse and two assistants. Overall, the perks listed in the legislation in question basically ensured that the ex-president would be well taken care of by the state for the rest of his life, after retirement in 2005. But still, Mkapa stands accused of aggressively seeking to acquire even more personal wealth during his tenure as president, regardless of the huge pension cheque he knew he would receive after leaving public office. Records show that the legislation in question was assented hardly a year after Mkapa and former first lady Anna Mkapa started their own private business company, ANBEM Limited, and operated it from within the Ikulu premises. ANBEM Ltd dealings included obtaining loans totalling 750m/- from the National Bank of Commerce (NBC) and CRDB Bank, some of this money reportedly being used to buy a two-storey building in Dar es Salaam’s upmarket Sea View area, which has now been rented to Bank (M) Tanzania Limited. My Three words: Poor Tanzania, Shame!!!!!! SteveD.