The Star (Nairobi)

29 December 2012

Kenya: Wages Take Big Share of Supplementary Budget

Most of the money in recurrent expenditure supplementary budget tabled in parliament on Thursday will go to payments of increased wage bill for teachers, lecturers and medical service providers.

The figures tabled by Finance Minister Njeru Githae show that out of the 50 billion shillings for recurrent expenditure, 17.7 billion shillings will go to Teachers service commission and Sh4.8 billion to the Ministry of higher education, science and technology. The ministry of medical services will get Sh2.68 billion.

Sections of employees from those ministries have been agitating for higher pay, with some going on strike at various times this year.

Beside the ministry of defense for which the minister is seeking Sh5.6 billion and the independent and boundaries commission 6.6 billion, the education and health sector will get the highest allocation.

The cabinet had approved Sh73.2 billion as supplementary budget to fund Government operations, but Githae cut it down to a total of 58.8 billion for both recurrent and development expenditure in his estimates tabled before the house.

This came after Parliament's Budget Committee complained that newly created 47 counties would be cash-strapped and Government operations may be affected should Parliament be dissolved before dealing with crucial fiscal documents. Legislators had argued accused Finance Minister Njeru Githae deliberately delaying the crucial documents.

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