The next 2019/2020 financial year budget will soon be read. But has it catered for you as a common mwananchi? Who are the biggest beneficiaries?
Well, Kenyans should brace themselves for a tougher economic times, since the budget has catered not only for retired leaders, but also political parties.
Retired heads of state and Speakers of the National Assembly are among the biggest beneficiaries of the next budget.
In a proposal tabled in the parliament before the Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa-led Budget and Appropriations Committee, the former heads of state, Mzee Daniel Arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki are set to receive Sh50 million to purchase vehicles, in addition to the standard Sh1.5 billion they are to receive this financial year.
According to a local daily, the call for additional cash for Moi and Kibaki followed an appeal by State House, saying the vehicles being used by the two are too old.
However, the committee said it was difficult to determine the benefits per beneficiary as there are no explanatory notes for the allocation.
Former Speakers Kenneth Marende and Francis Kaparo for whom Parliament is seeking Sh120 million for entitlements are also among the beneficiaries.
In a list broken down by a local daily, the Bureau of Registration got Sh300 million more for the digitisation of the birth certificates registry (Sh100 million) and the rest for building construction.
The Kenya Coast Guard, which was unveiled last year, will get Sh300 million more, cash deducted from NIIMS to purchase more boats to patrol the Kenya coastline, Lake Victoria and Lake Turkana.
The DCI also got Sh200 million. The Prisons department got Sh177 million to complete 40 stalled projects in a bid by PS Zeinab Hussein to improve correctional facilities.
The Parliamentary Service Commission has also secured Sh1 billion in the proposed estimates to engage interns to work in constituency offices at Sh25,000 per month.
The Education ministry’s vocational training agenda is proposed to get Sh4 billion for capitation for TVET students.
The Teachers Service Commission has been allocated Sh1.2 billion extra to recruit 3,000 primary school teachers.
About Sh80 million is likely to be allocated to Embu, Kisii, South Eastern, Rongo, Jaramogi and Bomet universities.
Judges are likely to get Sh400 million for taxable car allowances and staff pension arrears, with an additional Sh85 million for recruitment of judges and judicial officers.
The judiciary is also expected to get Sh25 million to make the witness protection board operational.
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).