A month since he handed over the reins of power to President William Ruto, former President Uhuru Kenyatta is making Narok county his home. He acquired a 1,000 acre ranch in Oloolmongi, Lolgorian district in Trans Mara, Narok while still in office.
Uhuru’s vast ranch overlooks the Mara triangle – a wildlife-rich area managed by the non-profit organization The Mara Conservancy. It is typically less visited and crowded compared to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, and is one of the prime viewing locations for the Great Wildebeest Migration.
The President has been spotted engaging locals and sampling hotels in the county. Earlier this week, he donated a schoolbus to Partakilat Primary School in Narok, delivering on a promise he made while still in office. At the handover ceremony, the absence of the heavy security presence that once surrounded the President was conspicuous.
He also went viral after being pictured walking out of a hotel near Narok town.
Tongues started wagging in December 2021 that he was preparing to retire to the ranch after he delivered the President’s annual end-of-year address from the residence. In the past, Presidents have delivered the speech from the State Lodge in Mombasa or State House, Nairobi.
At the time, Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina took to Twitter to thank the President for choosing to retire in Narok.
“Welcome to Narok County Mr. President and thank you for choosing Narok County as a place to celebrate the New Year and also to retire!”
“Sasa badilisha hiyo kura yako iwe ya Narok (Now change your voting location to Narok),” the Senator shared.
As per the Presidential Retirement Benefits Act, Uhuru is entitled to a lump sum payment of Ksh34.5 million gratuity, calculated as a sum equal to one year salary for each term served as president. His monthly salary was Ksh1.44 million. He also gets a monthly pension equal to 80 per cent of the monthly salary, meaning he receives Ksh1.15 million from the State every month.
Other perks he is entitled to include an entertainment allowance equal to 15 per cent of his monthly salary, equivalent to Ksh200,000 per month and a housing allowance equal to 23 per cent of his monthly salary equivalent to Ksh300,000 per month.
He is also entitled to two personal assistants, four secretaries, four messengers, four drivers and bodyguards. He is further entitled to two new cars of his choice, replaceable every three years, with each car having an engine capacity not exceeding 3000cc and another two four-wheel drive motor vehicles of his choice, replaceable every three years, each vehicle having an engine capacity of at least 3400cc.