7 November 2012

Kenya: Treasury Admits Constitution Has Trimmed Its Power

The Treasury has no control over how a number of state institutions under the new constitution spend their money, PS Joseph Kinyua said yesterday.

The Judiciary has already gone against the government transport policy and bought Mercedes Benz vehicles for judges on the basis that they fall within the specified engine capacity, without considering high maintenance costs associated with the models.

Kinyua yesterday said they can only plead with the institutions to adhere to the spirit upon which the policy was implemented, but has no role to play in how they spend.

"I am yet to get the full details of whether or not the judiciary is in breach of the policy and we will be in touch to find out the real situation," he said.

Kinyua was speaking on the sidelines of a regional four day public financial resources management and monetary policy workshop on how best to conduct internal audit and effective methods protecting public resources.

The workshop is an annual meeting sponsored by the World Bank to equip Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Eritrea with the best practices for public resources auditing.

Kinyua was reacting to reportsthat Judiciary has acquired 40 Mercedes Benz vehicles against the transport policy requiring all state officers to use cars with engine capacity not exceeding 1800cc.

In the 2009 budget, the former minister for finance Uhuru Kenyatta said the vehicle models must be easy to service at minimal costs, a fact which ruled out all Mercedes Benz models from the states list of choice.

On the stalled Finance Bill, Kinyua said the Treasury is seeking the presidents intervention in mobilising MPs support to have it passed. MPs have vowed to shoot it down unless their Sh9.3 million gratuity is approved.

Kinyua said the intention is to have it passed before the MPs go for Christmas break because if left pending it may have to wait until after the next general elections.

"This would be detrimental to public financing and we don't want that," he said. On salary demands by the police, Kinyua said the treasury will be forced to source for the Sh3.7 billion agreed upon three years ago for their pay increase.

"The concerned ministry overlooked this in their last budget submission leading to the current problem, but the demands by the police are genuine and we are treating them as such," said Kinyua

Kinyua also dismissed claims that the government spent more than the Sh6.1 billion initial cost for the BVR kits imported from France. "The reports in the media are nonsensical because there was no additional expenditure, and we had only Sh7.2 billion in the loan agreement which we won't draw in entirety if not needed," said Kinyua.

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