Upon request by State House, retired Presidents Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki won’t have to drive ‘jalopies’ next year.
This is after the duo emerged as one of the biggest beneficiaries in the bidding by state departments for 2019-20 budget increases. It is proposed that the former heads of state receive Sh50 million to purchase vehicles — in addition to the standard Sh1.5 billion they are to receive this financial year.
The budget however refused to grant the National Assembly improved transport fleet following Sh2.8 billion deduction from its budget. The Senate unsuccessfully sought Sh300 million for a new fleet.
MPs will also travel abroad less often after the committees reduced their allocation by Sh1 billion. The savings will fund increased salaries and operating expense of constituency offices.
Political parties also reaped big following the proposed allocation of Sh500 million for their activities.
The Defence ministry is expected to get Sh1 billion more for meetings, conferences and temporary committees expenses.
The Budget committee approved increased allocations to the Water ministry for flood control, Mwache dam headquarters (Sh300 million), Ijara waterworks (Sh50 million), Umaa dam (Sh350 million), water pans and small dams (Sh600 million).
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s universal health coverage, however, failed to get an additional Sh600 million on grounds there is no report on the outcome of UHC in the four pilot counties – Kisumu, Nyeri, Machakos and Isiolo.
In the proposed estimates, the NYS also lost Sh600 million of the Sh3.4 billion it had sought.
Fred Matiang’i’s Interior ministry also lost its bid for Sh800 million to set up surveillance systems in selected urban centers.
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