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Take advantage of the New Roles and Opportunities in Budget making

Posted by on 6th November 2015

Categories: Budget

Kenyans would be surprised to know the 2016/17 government budgetary process is already under way. In many ways, the current discussion on the 2013/14 budget implementation and audit reports distracts from the task at hand.

Officially, the budget process starts in August of the prior year. From August to December, Treasury must have ministerial consultations and conduct public hearings on the Budget Policy Statement (BPS) before submitting it to Parliament.

The budget making process was one area completely reformed by the 2010 Constitution. Previously, budget making was exclusively an executive role and the  Finance Minister single handedly determined the budgetary allocation for various sectors. This rendered the budget a political tool used as a stick and carrot.

Presently, the real power in determining budgetary allocations rests with Parliament and the citizens; treasury has been reduced to the executive’s “diplomat.” Wanjiku was placed at the centre of the budgetary decision making process through public participation. Like Treasury, Parliament must also facilitate public participation on the budget before coming up with the final edition.

In addition, the budget making process has been lengthened under the Public Finance Management Act to ensure Treasury, Parliament and the public consult sufficiently. These monumental reforms were made to shield Kenyans from opaqueness that resulted in looting of public coffers.

Regardless of these new roles and opportunities, a huge gap remains due to lack of national discourse during the budget making process. Both Parliament and members of the public have missed the different opportunities in the last two years.

For example, in the 2015/16 budget making process, Parliament was on recess in January and February when the discussion should have been at the peak. Refusing to set enough time to debate the budget, obscures the role of Parliament and renders mute the spirit of our Constitution.

For your information, no MP should complain that the government was too ambitious in setting its budgetary allocations. All Parliamentarians have a chance to influence the budget which they often abdicate. Their show of powerlessness when talking to the public is in bad taste.

Parliament should set enough time for debates, since informed discussions, create adequate public awareness. A thorough budget making process would help seal the loopholes corrupt officials use.

Ideally, the public should know the allocations of various ministries, departments and agencies, but this has not been the case. This knowledge would help them manage their expectations of each Ministry and empower them to ask questions when their expectations aren’t met.

Kenyans expect Parliament to remain alert during the whole budget making process.  Parliament should use implementation and audit reports to inform future budgetary allocations. In order to prevent the pilferage of public funds in the budget implementation stage, the office of the Controller of Budget should be strengthened  to submit quarterly budget implementation reports on time. This will aid in early identification of corrupt tendencies in government agencies both at the National and County level.


On the Budget – What should happen under the new constitution

Posted by on 27th May 2011

Categories: Budget Kenya Constitution

By Mzalendo Contributor – Moreen Majiwa (@mmajiwa)

The Ministry of Finance and Treasury have been getting a lot of press recently a majority of it
negative.  The latest debacle is the uncertainty over when the budget will be presented before
parliament and the process that it should go through before this happens.

In the same week that Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta stated with precision the time and date
of the reading of budget speech for the fiscal year 2011/2012 i.e. 3.00 p.m. 8th of June 2011. The
Parliamentary Budget Committee announced that in making the statement the Minister is not only
acting under the old constitution but is attempting to subvert the new one.

While the old constitution gave the Executive near sole discretion over budget preparation and
expenditure management the new constitution changes the system and structures through which
the budget presented. Under the old constitution the budget was prepared by the Treasury in an opaque
process and then read to public on a designated day.  The new constitution requires that the
Cabinet Secretary submit estimates of the revenue and expenditure of the national government
for the coming financial year to parliament at least two months before the end of each
financial year 221 (1).  The National Assembly then considers the estimates of revenue and
expenditure, a committee of the Assembly then discusses and reviews the estimates and makes
recommendations to parliament, with input from the public 221(4).  The Committee then tables its
report before parliament, which then debates the report and recommendations and decides either
to adopt or reject it.

In effect Article 221 reduces the power of the Treasury and increases the power of parliament
to decide how to spend government funds. However, the constitution also leaves a lot of the
detail to be worked out through implementing legislation and requires the establishment of new
structures for discussion and approval of the budget. So while the new constitution is clear on the form and process of the presentation of the budget in the new dispensation,  it is silent on how and when this new system is to be made operational and
hence the confusion that now exists.

At this point an argument can be made that much of the implementing legislation and structures
required to transition to the new budgetary process are yet to be made. Further the constitution
refers a ‘Cabinet Secretary’ as opposed to a minister this would imply the Article 221 of constitution
would be effected after the first election under the new constitution when Cabinet Secretaries will
be in place.  Over the next 2 weeks it will be interesting how this tension is resolved and what form the
budgetary process will take.  Since the Supreme Court that is supposed to resolve constitutional
issues is yet to be set up, may be the Constitution Implementation  Commission should step in.

Where is the money for public education going?

Posted by on 24th February 2011

Categories: Budget CDF

By Mzalendo Contributor – Moreen Majiwa (@mmajiwa)

The topic of education has been receiving a lot of play in media recently.  Whether or not to reform the 8.4.4 system?  The introduction quota system for entry into national secondary schools, whether or not to scrap the parallel course at public universities, are all part of the debate.  Today’s Standard newspaper has an interesting story on Jua Kali National Schools.  The story is about the Ministry of Education’s plan to upgrade about 100 provincial secondary schools to national schools to ensure that more students graduating for primary school have access to a national school education. As the article rightly points out, a change in the status of a school from provincial to national adds little value if nothing is done to improve the schools infrastructure and/or the quality of the education given in the schools, and is unlikely to equip the children going to these newly ‘nationalised’ schools with the knowledge and skills to advance themselves.

The low quality of public education is surprising given the amount of money that goes into the system. The National Taxpayers Association revealed just how much taxpayers money goes into the education sector, about Kshs 6.6 billion annually. Frankly for that amount I would think the public education system would be in better shape both quality and infrastructure-wise particularly in the rural areas. Did you know every year, Kshs. 30 million is set aside for each constituency to construct a centre of excellence? And that each constituency is expected to equip two primary schools with water harvesting facilities costing Sh. 1.47 million? And that in addition to CDF, the government allocates millions of shillings to every constituency for education through the Economic Stimulus Project. I live in Nairobi, but when I look at the school in my “shagz”, Karachounyo Constituency, I’m hard pressed to believe that the constituency receives even Kshs. 1 million let alone Kshs. 30 million every year for education. Further neither the primary nor the secondary school could be termed centres of excellence.

So my question is where is the money going?

On Kenya Budget Oversight and Transparency

Posted by on 22nd June 2010

Categories: Budget

The Kenyan Parliament is supposed to play an oversight role over the budgetary process to ensure that the nation’s priorities are adequately catered for.  After years of playing a largely rubber-stamp role in the budget process, MPs agitated for a more active role and as a result passed the Fiscal Management Act in 2009, which required the  Minister of Finance to publish detailed expenditure and revenue details prior to asking Parliament to fund the budget.

The provisions of the Fiscal Management Act which require more transparency around the budgetary process were in effect during this year’s budget reading for the first time.

Government’s compliance with the Fiscal Management Act for 2010/11 Budget

The Act requires the following measures be undertaken before the passing of the budget:

  • Every public entity must prepare its budget and submit to its parent Ministry by the 28th of February of each year.  These budgets must be annexed by Treasury to the Annual Estimates of Recurrent and Development Expenditure laid before the National Assembly on 10th June 2010.  It is unclear whether all public entities were complianet
  • By 21st March of every year to lay the Minister must present a Budget Policy Statement in the National Assembly. The 2010 Budget Policy Statement is available on the Ministry of Finance’s website.  According to this report by Marsgroup Kenya, however, their is a huge discrepancy between the Budget Policy Statement presented to the Parliament in March and actual government expenditure.
  • Parliament has the power to withhold money for budget line items and emoluments for  failure by the Treasury to satisfy prior audit queries such as those of the Controller and Auditor General.  To date, Parliament has not indicated any willingness to undertake such measures.

Parliament’s Performance to date for 2010/11 Budget

  • The House Budget Committee appears to be asserting its role, for instance, by querying discrepancies between the budget policy statement presented in March 2010 and the final budget presented in June 2010.
  • It seems that most MPs have not embraced their oversight/watchdog role as far as the budgetary process.   For instance, only 35 MPs showed up at a meeting last week between the House Budget Office and law makers.   The meeting was intended to explain the impact of the budget on the country’s development.
  • MPs have been quick, however, to raise questions about the under-allocation of funds to the CDF Kitty.  One would like to give them the benefit of the doubt and say that they have their constituents interests at heart, but most comments on Mzalendo MP profiles suggest that the CDF funding is not reaching its intended recipients.

Where do the citizens fit in?

Want to learn more about the budget, other good reads include:

IEA’s MP Guide to the Budget

What the MP's said regarding the taxation of their salaries

Posted by on 15th July 2008

Categories: Budget Uncategorized

By Mzalendo reporter

Before his exit as the country’s Finance minister, Amos Kimunya was a besieged man and not just because of the Grand Regency row, but because of his proposal that MPs allowances be taxed. Kimunya’s proposal that the 222 legislators start paying tax on their allowances had not gone down well with them with several arguing that unlike other Kenyans whose salary is entirely used by themselves MPs have a responsibility to financially assist the electorate.
Kimunya’s proposal was contained in the 2008/09 fiscal year budget and his exit as thetreasury’s boss may have served as a reprieve to majority of legislators. A similar move by Kimunya during the 2007/08 fiscal year was shot down by legislators once it was brought to Parliament.

Currently, an MP earns a gross pay of Sh878, 000 per month. An MP’s basic salary is Sh200, 000; a minimum commuted mileage of Sh75, 000; an entertainment allowance of Sh60, 000; an extraneous allowance pegged at Sh30, 000; a house allowance of Sh70, 000 and a motor vehicle fixed cost of Sh247, 000.

In addition, each Kenyan MP is entitled to a car grant of Sh3.3 million and an interest-free loan of sh8 million to buy a house.

Towards the end of the Ninth Parliament, the law-makers voted themselves a Sh1.5 million gratuity, making the Kenyan parliament probably the only institution in the world in which employees are paid both a gratuity and a pension. Under the present only, only the Sh300, 000 is taxable with the rest of monies being tax free.

This time round, Kimunya did not live to formally bring the proposal before the House floor for debate. But even before it was brought, MPs had their guns loaded, ready to shoot it down. Their sentiments during budget debate were straight to the point-“We cannot be taxed.”

Kimunya’s last words on the MPs taxation, June 26, during debate on budget:

“The other interesting item which I expect to get more comments on from honourable Members, as we discuss these tax proposals, is the issue that touches on all of us here, which is the taxation of the allowances that are paid to us as honourable members and constitutional office holders. In effect, we are saying that nobody in Kenya, from the President to the lowest paid public officer, will be exempted from the national duty of paying their taxes.” Kimunya however was pushed out of office before he brought the proposal before the floor.
However, a considerable number of MPs aired their opposition to the proposal during their contribution on budget.

In the list of those who aired their opposition to the taxation measure include Charles Kilonzo (Yatta), Boni Khalwale (Ikolomani), Ephraim Maina (Mathira), George Nyamweya (nominated), Sospeter Ojaamong’ (Amagoro), Danson Mungatana (Garsen), Soita Shitanda (Malava), Ali Hassan Joho (Hamisi), Charles Keter (Belgut), David Koech (Mosop), Fred Kapondi (Mt. Elgon) and Sammy Mwaita (Baringo Central).

The following are verbatim of some of MPs who either opposed or supported the taxation proposal as captured in the Parliament’s Hansard.

Charles Kilonzo (Yatta) Opposed

“When the Minister for Finance goes the other way round to say that he wants to tax allowances of honourable Members. A honourable member at the Constituency level is in charge of funerals, hospital bills, church Harambees and bursaries from his pocket because the money for bursary is not enough. He is the man who attends all Harambees. A Member of Parliament is like Robin Hood. You get it from the Government and, through yourself, you give it to the poor people. But who are the people in this Parliament who are saying that allowances should be taxed?”

Peter Kenneth MP for Gatanga and planning assistant minister: Opposed:

“I want to speak about an issue that, to me, looks like an issue that is being played to the public gallery. That is about the taxation of the allowances of Members of this House. Let it come! We do not have to make issues about it! I believe that most of the honourable Members here have become philanthropists in their own homes, and, probably, contribute more than the taxes that they are going to be taxed in their own constituencies! I know of honourable Members in this House, personally included, who spend all their salaries in their constituencies!”

Kenneth went ahead: “It has been said that it is high (MP’s salary), and I agree with that. It is not subject to any increment in the five years that an honourable Member is seated here. It does not take care of the inflation costs that are rising in this country and you expect these honourable Members…… This is what the Minister should look at! He will do the taxation, but he will also face the same Parliamentary Service Commission saying that the cost of fuel is so much, the cost of living is so much, and he will have to review it.”

Ephraim Maina (Mathira): Opposed:

“There is also the issue of taxing the salaries and allowances of honourable Members. Before I came to this House, I thought the salaries and allowances for Members of Parliament were just too much. Today, I know it is nothing because we spend all our salaries to meet the needs of our people. There is no need to expect us to do more than we are already doing.”

He added: “Many Members of Parliament here know that the huge salaries that they are being said to be earning are just peanuts when you compare them with what we do. I can assure you that some of us have hardly put these salaries into our pockets since we came to this House, forget the money we spent earlier.”

Orwa Ojode:
Internal security assistant minister and MP for Ndhiwa: Said MPs should start paying taxes 2013.

“I had said clearly that Members of Parliament are not against paying taxes. We are going to pay taxes, but it is for the minister to tell us when we will start doing so. Is it today or tomorrow? Perhaps, the effective date of paying taxes will be in the year 2013. We are not saying that we will not pay taxes. This is because we also want our people to know that Parliamentarians are paying taxes on the Ksh200,000 we get as salary. Yes, we pay Kshs54, 000 and you know that, that amount is deducted from our salaries. So, we do not want this kind of popular politics. As leaders, we have unanimously agreed that were are going to pay taxes. In fact, it is just perception! We should not say that honourable Members are not paying taxes. We are paying taxes! The only tax that the Minister wants to levy on us is the amount of money he is giving us to fuel our vehicles. He should come out clearly and say. “Yes! My colleagues are paying taxes except on the money for fuel and entertainment.”

Some of tax measure supporters as captured in the Hansard:

Yinda, Edwin Ochieng: MP for Alego:

“I would like to support the honourable minister on taxation by encouraging Members of Parliament to pay their dues. I think it is important that when ordinary Kenyans pay taxes without too much complaint, Members of Parliament should also lead be example by paying taxes on your allowances without too much shouting about it. I think many, or most, of the Members of Parliament are willing to support the paying of taxes.

Milly Odhiambo (nominated): supported:

“I know that there has been a lot of debate and discussions in the media in relation to taxation of MPs salaries. Personally, I am not opposed to it. However, as a Member of Parliament, when you are taxing my salary, I would want to see it being put to good use. I want to suggest very clearly to the Minister that part of the money that he propose to tax us, be put into construction of the Mbita Point-Homa Bay Road. Some of it should also go to orphans and vulnerable children.”

David Ngugi: MP for Kinangop. Supported:

“It is very good for people to be able to finance their own activities. There is no other way that a Government can support its own activities other than through its citizens paying taxes. So, fundamentally, paying taxes is a noble thing, and it is everybody’s duty, be they the President, Diplomats whom we have sent out there, people in the country, others in the diaspora and ourselves here in Parliament. So, as a matter of principle, I support that we all pay taxes.”

Danson Mwakulegwa: MP for Voi. Supported:

“Kama vile wenzangu wanapendekeza tutozwe kodi, nakubaliana nao. Tikitozwa kodi, wananchi wengi watafurahi sana. Wabunge 222 wakitozwa kodi, hiyo ni Kshs800 milioni.”

Ongoro: Assistant minister Nairobi Metropolitan Development and Kasarani MP. Supported:

“I do welcome the Minister’s proposal to have honourable Members and constitutional office holders’ allowances subjected to tax. It is my honest belief that we, as leaders, must lead by example. It we have to lead by example, we will lose all our moral authority if we refuse to pay our taxes. We will not have an opportunity to tell other Kenyans who are buying from the same supermarkets and who live in the same house to pay taxes from their meager earnings.”

Johnson Muthama. MP for Kangundo; Supported:
“Juzi, Waziri wa Fedha alitoa mwelekeo wa kutaka kutuweka sisi pamoja na wananchi wengine. Mimi najua sitakuwa kipenzi cha wengi. Hata hivyo, mimi sikuchaguliwa kuwa kipenzi cha wengi. Ikiwa mwananchi wa kawaida ambaye ananunua soda dukani analipa kodi ama yule mwananchi wa kawaida ambaye anapata mshahara wa Ksh15,000 ama Ksh30,000 analipa kodi, mimi nataka kodi kabisa bila kuulizwa nitalipa na nani,”

He was however interrupted on a point of order by Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale: Opposed:

“Is honourable Member in order to suggest that the solution to the suffering of Kenyans is the taxation of the allowances of Members of Parliament when we know that the real problem is corruption? The honourable Member is one of the people who received Kshs40 million from Goldenberg and here he is pretending that he is so kind to members of the public. Is he in order?.

Shakeel Shabir: MP for Kisumu town East. Played a middle ground:
“I put to you that there are certain expenses that we, as politicians, and only as politicians, meet. These are wholly, exclusively and necessarily our expenses, be they on funerals, education or other things that we meet every day. The voice asking for taxation is right. We do not mind paying the tax, but you have to then realize that you must allow us to claim expenses against that taxation. We are prepared to give you voucher for this.”

Linturi Mithika: MP for Igembe South: Said right Procedure must be followed.

“The remuneration of honourable Members is clearly set out by the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC). The procedure under which honourable Members are remunerated is through a process that was started by a team led by Rtd. Justice Majid Cockar, which did the recommendations. The recommendations were taken and out into a Bill. I believe the best way to go about it is to follow the right procedure.”

Though a sizeable number of MPs have publicly supported the taxation, the same legislators are likely to gang against the same proposal once it is brought to Parliament leaving the minister hapless.

This is what happened during the Ninth Parliament where by despite publicly supporting the move, the same MPs voted against it in the chambers, leaving the treasury toothless.

MPs abidicating their duty to scrutinize the Budget

Posted by on 21st June 2008

Categories: Budget Uncategorized

While the MPs of the 10th Parliament have been very vocal in challenging the proposal to tax their allowances, this vigor has, unfortunately, not found its way to other critical aspects of the Budget.

This week the Speaker raised concerns that the Budget will be passed without proper debate. So far three days of the allocated seven days for debate have been wasted due to a lack of quorum. In addition, neither the Minister of Finance nor his Assistant, have been present to record the views of the MPs. Readers should note that a lack of quorum is only declared once a MP rings a bell to alert the Speaker that there is no quorum (i.e. there is less than 30 MPs in the House). This essentially means that unless the Speaker’s attention is formally flagged a debate can proceed without the lack of quorum (and this happens often), because no one has rung the bell.

MarsGroupKenya has done a great analysis on why debate on the Budget is so critical. If our ELECTED representatives do not question the governments priorities, who will speak for Kenyans? Please leave a comment for your MP and let them know that you will be watching their stance on taxes on allowances and on the Budget itself. After all – they should be working for YOU!

According to Mars Group, the areas that could benefit from further scrutiny from the MPs include the following (we wonder why the media hasn’t raised similar concerns?):

Hospitality: Last year the GOK budget for entertainment of its guests amounted to Ksh 5.7 million per day for every day of the year. The total bill was Ksh 2.16 billion for the year 2007. This year Mr. Kimunya wants to increase the budget from just under Ksh 500,000 per day to Ksh 728,000 per day?

Utilities: State House has higher water and power budget than 26 whole Ministries including Parliament itself, the Judiciary, and the Ministry of Roads and Public Works.

Rent: MPs should be concerned that GOK spends Ksh 3.995 billion on rents per annum and only receives Ksh 239.368 million per year from property income and rent.

Printing: Last year the Government managed to spend Ksh 6.2 million per day on commercial printing of its documents – despite the existence of the Government Printers Office.

Foreign Travel: Last year, the Government of Kenya spent over Ksh 6.7 million per day every day of the year on foreign travel.

Purchase of Cars: Did you know that State House Nairobi has 149 cars? Did you know that this year Minister of Finance wants to buy Ksh 73 million more worth of cars for State House? Did you know that last year a similar amount of money was spent on cars at State House? Did you know that the Government budget for cars for 2008 has gone up by 1 billion shillings, even as public attention is consumed by the debate on MP’s allowances? Unless MPs debate the budget this week, Minister Kimunya is likely to get approval to spend at least 50% of his Ksh 2.6 billion motor vehicle purchase budget and we will never know why he needs so many cars.

Lump sum budgets: Every year the Minister of Finance presents lump sum budgets for the National Security Intelligence Services, the Armed Forces and the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission. This year their collective budgets will pass the Ksh 47 billion mark – and yet they will be no debate on the budget items in them because the Minister of Finance has helpfully provided none. Here’s a question for the MPs: why would the official agency responsible for promoting transparency and accountability in Government not be accountable to Parliament for every single shilling in its budget?

KEN REN FERTILISER FACTORY: The Minister of Finance intends to pay an Austrian Bank called BAWAG over Ksh 300 million this year for the never-built fertilizer factory.

NAVY SHIP: Did you know that the Minister of Finance has asked Parliament to authorize the payment of a staggering Ksh 4.94 billion this year to 3 foreign companies for a controversial Navy Ship? Did you know that the Controller and Auditor General told Parliament in 2006, that this deal was illegal and had breached the External Loans Act which requires parliamentary approval for all foreign debt? Did you know that the ship which the Minister of Finance wants to use tax money to pay for does not have weapons on board, and its equipment’s warranty has lapsed? Did you know that all these issues have not been properly investigated to date? Did you know that Ksh 4.94 billion is more than the entire budget of the Ministry of Water? Do you believe that Members of Parliament should approve the Minister of Finance’s request to spend taxpayers’ money this way?

People's Budget

Posted by on 13th June 2008

Categories: Budget Uncategorized

By Mzalendo Reporter

The People’s Budget

A day before Kenya’s Finance Minister Amos Kimunya read in Parliament the 2008/2009 financial year budget, civil society groups presented an alternative fiscal plan which they called The People’s Budget. Among the key proposals contained in The People’s Budget is that salaries of Members of Parliament be reduced by a half and be liable to taxation.Such a move, the groups said, will free huge resources that can be used on other crucial sectors such as teachers, police and health personnel. A Kenyan MP earns a gross salary of KSh 800,000 per month.

The civil society groups that prepared and presented the People’s Budget are the Socio-Economic Rights Foundation, the New Dawn: Nascent Start, the Nairobi People Settlement Network and the End Poverty 2015 Millennium Campaign.

Proposed also were reduction of VAT to 13 percent, redirection of part of the military and defence spending to social protection, education, health, water, infrastructure among other crucial sectors that directly touches on the poor.

The Peoples Budget also proposed that adequate funds be allocated to the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission and also more cash towards completion of popular people driven constitution review including a referendum.

Other highlights of the People’s Budget are as follows:

Poverty: Government to introduce a Basic Income Grant (BIG) as one way of reducing poverty among the poor. Proposed was that at least KSh3, 000 be paid each months to any unemployed Kenyan aged 18 and above. The money should come from tax system.

Employment: To increase employment opportunities, it was proposed that government embark on public works programme, widespread community services and accelerated programmes for skills development. It was also proposed that government invest more in employment creating sectors especially targeting the youth.

Housing: It was proposed that government and financial institutions to extend more affordable finance for housing to low income earners. Government also asked to allocate more funds for housing development especially for the Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme. Another proposal was that Government to set aside funds to purchase land for resettlement of people living in slums e.g. Mukuru Kayaba and Mukuru Kwa Njenga in Nairobi.

Water and Sanitation: It was proposed that government support community sanitation improvement programmes. Increased funding for water supply within people’s settlements and renovation of dilapidated sewerage facilities were proposed. The People’s Budget also proposed that Local authorities to put up dumping sites as a way of ending haphazard disposal of solid waste.

Food Security: State to set aside more funds to expand government grain stock to cushion any food shortage. Government to crack a whip on cartels that sell farm inputs at inflated prices. Government asked to adopt measures to boost food production such as lowering of fertilizer prices and provision of other subsidies. Increased funding for irrigation schemes countrywide and increased allocation towards a national tree planting programme and re-afforestation were also proposed.

Transport: Establishment of a national subsidized public transport system that is safe and fast was proposed. Government was asked to reduce excise duty on imported spare parts from 20% to 10%. It was further proposed that amount of parking fee, which currently stand at KSh70 per day within Nairobi’s Central Business District be increased.

Arid and Semi-Arid Areas: The People’s Budget proposed that more funds be allocated for constructing abattoirs. State asked to allocate more funds for revamping the Anti-Stock Theft Unit and strengthen peace and reconciliation structures as a way of combating insecurity. It was proposed that more funds be allocated for putting up solar energy plant and for putting up more schools. Government also asked to establish a special fund to increase water network in these regions.

Youth: It was proposed that civil servants who have attained retirement age to quit office to pave way for younger generation. The budget proposed that the Youth Enterprise Development Fund policy be changed to enable individual fund applications rather than the group’s requirement. Government also asked to ensure that 5 percent of all government procurements are sourced from Youth owned enterprises.

Women: Government asked to increase the Women Development Funds kitty. State also asked to provide finances for early childcare in order to give women more time to look for employment.

Kenya Budget 2008

Posted by on 12th June 2008

Categories: Budget

Unlike last year, the Ministry of Finance has not been diligent about putting up budget related documents on their website. Perhaps due to the long hiatus and confusion arising out of the post-election crisis, which required the Ministry to focus on other matters. We do hope that the official documents will be made available soon. One wonders what exactly the e-government department is up to?

A summary of what’s forthcoming in the budget is captured here.

Bankelele also has a great summary on his blog.

The ministry had earlier put out a notice asking Kenyans to send in their recommendations for the budget. Some views can be found here.