Former President Kibaki siphons another 700 million from overtaxed Kenyans!


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Sh700 million for Kibaki's new office



Retired President Kibaki in a group photo with fellow Starehe Boys' Centre board of trustees after holding their annual general meeting at the Windsor Golf and Country Hotel on 15th of June, 2013.

By JOHN NGIRACHU jngirachu@ke.nationmedia.com
Posted Saturday, June 15 2013 at 20:04



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  • "What they had attempted to do, through the Supplementary Estimates which were tabled on Tuesday, is to reallocate CDF money to other activities, which included building an office (for) Sh700 million for retired President Kibaki among others," an MP familiar with the matter said.

The Treasury has asked the National Assembly to approve the allocation of Sh700 million for the purchase of a building to house an office for retired President Mwai Kibaki, the Nation can reveal.

The allocation is contained in the Supplementary Budget estimates tabled in the National Assembly last Tuesday and whose approval is on the Order Paper for this coming Tuesday.

MPs are understood to have discovered the allocation as they questioned the failure by the Treasury to allocate the Sh5.4 billion Constituency Development Fund money for the remaining part of the 2012/2013 financial year.

"What they had attempted to do, through the Supplementary Estimates which were tabled on Tuesday, is to reallocate CDF money to other activities, which included building an office (for) Sh700 million for retired President Kibaki among others," an MP familiar with the matter said.

He did not wish to be named because of the nature of the allocation and the fact that the matter is yet to be explained by the Treasury Cabinet Secretary, who is scheduled to meet the Budget and Appropriations Committee on Tuesday morning.

The allocation for the building is tucked under development expenditure for the Cabinet Office in the Supplementary Budget estimates books.

The Parliamentary Budget Office also noted the allocation of Sh700 million to the Cabinet Office to buy a building as among the salient issues in its report on the Supplementary estimates.

In the initial estimates for the 2012/2013 financial year, the Cabinet Office had asked for Sh160 million.

This figure grew to Sh860 million in the Supplementary Budget and the Sh700 million difference would be the allocation for the retired president's office.

Headed by Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia, the Cabinet Office is charged with organising the affairs of the Cabinet such as meetings, the agenda and the implementation of its projects.

Its primary mandate is to organise and coordinate Government business.

Mr Kimemia told the Sunday Nation the allocation is necessary because under the Presidential Retirement Benefits Act President Kibaki assented to before his retirement, he is supposed to have an office and staff.

"He is supposed to have an office under the law. He is entitled to an office and staff, a full secretariat to manage his programmes the same way we did with former President Moi," said Mr Kimemia on the phone.

"I thought you would say (Sh700 million) is too little. How much can you get a building for? We are set to buy him a building. We have to go to the market to advertise and we have got to pay staff and to buy him furniture because we don't have a building yet."

Mr Kimemia said the government has been looking for an office for the former president within Nairobi and all the available ones cost more than Sh1 billion.

When the former Prime Minister needed an office, the former coalition government acquired the then Shell/BP building at a cost of Sh700 million and then refurbished it.

It is now the office of the Deputy President and also has various other government agencies as tenants.

Mr Kimemia said the current allocation would be used to acquire the building, put in the security apparatus such as surveillance equipment plus purchasing the furniture and then to hire the staff the retired president needs as per the Act.

Sh700 million for Kibaki
 
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Hao Jubilee watam-treat huyo Kibaki kama mwanamfalme huku Odinga watafanya kila jitihada za kumdhalilisha. Hawana ustaarabu kabisa hao jamaa.

Milioni 700 kwa ajili ya ofisi ya Kibaki....ana shughuli gani huyo mzee za kuweza kugharimu ofisi yenye bei ghali namna hiyo?

Matumizi mengine huwa yanashangaza sana. Mtu mwenyewe tayari anasumbuliwa na senility halafu wanataka kumjengea ofisi ya Ksh milioni 700!
 
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jubelee wanarudisha fadhila kwa mzee kibaki kwa kumtengenezea mazingira rafiki mtoto wa kenyatta-uhuru kushika hatamu ya uraisi.kikuyu movement @work.
 
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Can some one explain what office kimemia is acting under, it is said in the current dispensation that his powers have been clipped considerably,
 
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This is misuse of tax payers money!!!

What are the top priorities??

Kibaki Office or water availability in Gharissa?
 
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Why does kibaki need an office in nairobi town, unless you want to tell me they will procure an expensive special mobility aid from SA or america to lift him from the vehicle to the lifts or the stairway all the way beyond above 5th or 10the flr offcourse. I am not expecting him to have a limousine and an abnormal security detail, why then 700 million? what is the agenda? this one is very interesting it must be brought to the open.
 
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Even the very thought of it is repugnant.
 
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Kikuyus at work.its our time to eat,and to pay back..kesho kutwa utasikia wamemtengea barabara yake,kituo cha mafuta walishamjengea kama zawadi.
 
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Yet ana miaka tu michache ya kuishi kwa vile ni zaidi ya 70!

Yote ya nini wakati ni mzee tayari?
 
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Kikuyus at work.its our time to eat,and to pay back..kesho kutwa utasikia wamemtengea barabara yake,kituo cha mafuta walishamjengea kama zawadi.
The former president comes from my county and i still cannot understand how he left the road to his place completely in tatters, i applauded him whenever he opened a road to some marginalised place but that doesnt mean he neglect a road that was superb before he assumed power to fall in tatters so as no to be seen to be favouring his home area, so wakimjengea barabara nitafurahia but wanaopanga kumjengea ofisi za kifahari wote ni 'mavi ya kuku'.
 
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Africa Tuna matatizo gani vichwani?
 
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MPs reject plan to buy Sh700m Kibaki office



Retired President Mwai Kibaki speaks to leaders moments after he placed a foundation stone on a Nyeri ASK Presidential Council Pavillion at Kabiruini show ground on September 15, 2011. The Treasury's plan to purchase office space for Mr. Kibaki at Sh700 million suffered a blow after a House committee rejected the proposal. Photo/ FILE NATION

By CAROLINE WAFULA
Posted Tuesday, June 18 2013 at 20:23


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  • The committee also suggested acquiring one floor at the building where the Office of the Deputy President is, arguing that it would be more realistic.
  • Mr Richard Onyonka (Bonchari, ODM) questioned whether the decision was informed by any policy. He said that it would be costly to the taxpayer should a new president be elected every five years.

The Treasury's plan to purchase office space for retired President Mwai Kibaki at Sh700 million suffered a blow after a House committee rejected the proposal.

The Budget and Appropriations Committee said the amount requested was "too high" and a mockery of the Treasury's call for prudent expenditure of public funds.

It consequently sent the team back to the drawing board after interrogating the proposal submitted by National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich.

The 51-member committee argued that the Treasury had many other options at its disposal, including plenty of office space owing to the reduction of the number of ministries as well as the rationalisation of the national government.

The committee also suggested acquiring one floor at the building where the Office of the Deputy President is, arguing that it would be more realistic.

Mr Richard Onyonka (Bonchari, ODM) questioned whether the decision was informed by any policy. He said that it would be costly to the taxpayer should a new president be elected every five years.

The Treasury made the request based on the Presidential Retirement Benefits Act. Under the Act, a retired president shall, during his lifetime, be entitled to office space not exceeding 1,000 square metres, with appropriate furniture, office machines, equipment and office supplies, to be provided and maintained by the government.

Suitable property

According to the Principal Administrative Secretary in the Cabinet Office, Mr Stephen Kirago, the Treasury conducted a search for a suitable property to house the former President's office.

There were three properties that were considered and the National Intelligence Service was consulted on the security of each before the Treasury team settled on the Sh700 million one in Gigiri.

Budget and Appropriations Committee chairman Mutava Musyimi said: "What you are asking us to do is to break the law in broad daylight."


MPs reject plan to buy Sh700m Kibaki office - Politics - nation.co.ke
 
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This is misuse of tax payers money!!!

What are the top priorities??

Kibaki Office or water availability in Gharissa?
Teachers are in strike, doctors are following suit, police have been allowed to form unions etc. All these yet we have so much money to throw around. Priorities? Do leaders understand this word?
 

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