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Ruto, Gachagua get more money in mini-budget as roads lose Sh18b

Among the major beneficiaries of the supplemental estimates presented in Parliament on Wednesday are the State House and the Office of the Deputy President.

The State House’s budget increased from Sh6.4 billion to Sh9.9 billion, while the DP’s office’s budget increased from Sh3.5 billion to Sh4.2 billion, based on estimates.

The budgets of the Immigration and Citizen Services departments were increased from Sh5.4 billion to Sh5.9 billion and Sh11.98 billion to Sh12.7 billion, respectively.

The Ministry of Defense’s budget increased from Sh144.9 billion to Sh153.4 billion, while the budget for the Department of Regional Development and arid, semi-arid land (ASAL) increased from Sh15.9 to Sh24 billion.

The Ministry of Interior and National Administration, along with several education-related departments, were among the other major winners.

The Budget and Appropriations Committee (BAC), presided over by Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro, requested in its report that the House authorize an additional increase of Sh90.7 billion in total recurrent expenditures and a reduction of Sh24.5 billion in total capital expenditures for the development budget.

As a result, the budget for 2023–2020 will rise from Sh2.375 trillion to Sh2.438 trillion.

Expenditure on development

Moreover, it requested that the House approve Sh1.7 billion in expenditures made in accordance with Article 233 of the Constitution, which gives the government the authority to use funds that Parliament has not yet appropriated.

The State Department for Roads and the State Department for Housing and Urban Development, which stand to lose a staggering Sh38.82 billion as a result of budget rationalization, are among the departments where the committee expressed concern over the reduction of the development budget. They claim that this will have a detrimental impact on the completion of ongoing projects and result in more unpaid bills.

According to the report, the Cabinet Affairs docket experienced a loss of Sh285.9 million subsequent to the reduction of its budget from Sh903 million to Sh617 million.

Following a budget cut from Sh60.4 billion to Sh58.2 billion, the Department of Transport also suffered a loss of Sh2.2 billion.

In contrast, the Department of Roads saw a reduction in funding from Sh250.8 billion to Sh232.2 billion. Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen is in charge of the departments of transportation and roads.

The budget for the housing and urban sector was cut from Sh93.8 billion to Sh80.2 billion, resulting in a loss of Sh13.2 billion.

The education sector, which received the largest allocations in the mini-budget, was another winner. The Department of Higher Education and Research took home an additional Sh25.9 billion after its budget was increased from Sh128.6 billion to Sh154.5 billion.

The Department of Basic Education’s budget was increased from Sh147.8 billion to Sh159.6 billion, resulting in an additional Sh11.74 billion in revenue.

The Teachers Service Commission was another big winner, taking home an additional Sh19.8 billion after seeing an increase in funding to Sh343.6 billion from Sh323.8 billion.

The budget for Technical Vocational Education and Training Institutions was increased from Sh28.3 billion to Sh32 billion, which meant an additional Sh4.6 billion.

An additional Sh8.5 billion was given to the Ministry of Interior and National Coordination, bringing its budget up to Sh35.3 billion from Sh27 billion.

The National Treasury, whose budget was reduced from Sh128.7 billion to Sh111.4 billion, and the State Department of Medical Services, whose budget was reduced from Sh116.5 billion to Sh110.6 billion, are among the other losers.

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