As the economy continues to hit Kenyans hard, their presidency has now been allocated sh 645 million in the supplementary budgets estimates tabled in the National Assembly on Thursday by majority leader Aden Duale.
The intent of the money is to be spent on operations and maintenance such as travelling expenditures which is part of sh 163.6 billion that the Treasury wants MPs to approve.
Of the allocation, Sh 279 million is for State House affairs and Sh 366 million for the Office of the Deputy President.
There is also no clear explanation for the urgency to enhance the Deputy President’s transport.
In October last year, a local business daily reported that the Office of the Deputy President had floated a tender inviting bidders to supply a helicopter for Mr Ruto’s official travel.
In the same year, the government announced spending cuts that saw the Treasury slush Sh 34.33 billion from the development budget.
“The government of Kenya through the Office of the Deputy President invites tenders for air charter services (namely) helicopter (and) fixed wing aircraft,” said the DP’s office in the tender notice.